Definition of long cross in English:

long cross


  • 1Printing (in a hand press) the longer of the two crosspieces used to adjust the chase to different page sizes.

  • 2Numismatics a cross having limbs extending to the outer circle on a coin, appearing on the coinage of Henry III and Edward I in the period 1247–79; frequently attributive, designating a coin of this type, or the period in which such coins were produced.


Late 17th century; earliest use found in Joseph Moxon (1627–1691), printer and globe maker.