Definition of cross-country in English:

cross-country

adjective

  • 1Across fields or countryside, as opposed to on roads or tracks.

    ‘cross-country walking’
    • ‘The gearbox also has a low-range function - useful for towing cross-country.’
    • ‘He meets three men during a cross-country hike along a railroad track.’
    • ‘Taking a lady's racing bike cross-country over mud-churned cow paddocks is probably not in the manufacturer's recommendations.’
    • ‘The day began with a short communion service followed by breakfast and a walk down the cross-country bridleway.’
    • ‘He does considerable cross-country driving, and wants comfort.’
    • ‘The daily trek was two miles each way and taking the cross-country route they traversed five fields.’
    • ‘Hopping over boulders for half-an-hour was a different type of cross-country travel, after re-discovering the leg muscles needed for a prolonged descent.’
    • ‘In the summer, the hills offer a full range of mountain-biking opportunities, from serious alpine to cross-country routes.’
    • ‘Around town, the vehicle always feels nippy and there is sufficient in reserve to undertake cross-country journeys without the slightest complaint.’
    • ‘The first cousin to the tank: an armed and armoured, wheeled military vehicle, with a good road and limited cross-country ability.’
    • ‘It is easier than the showjumping medal event, but tough on a horse that has completed the arduous cross-country section just the day before.’
    • ‘Armies made some use of lorries and staff cars, but practical cross-country vehicles, good roads and an associated infrastructure simply did not exist.’
    • ‘One of the unique advantages is its remarkable cross-country capability through its specially designed suspension system.’
    • ‘For some reason, the first people to start walking towards the centre bypassed the roadblock and headed cross-country, making a beeline for the fence closest to the place where detainees were protesting.’
    • ‘It was like I was walking cross-country with a full glass of water, juggling with the other hand, and on a unicycle.’
    • ‘Five days of riding, a full day hike, and some short cross-country walks.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to or denoting the sport of running, riding, or driving along a course in the countryside, as opposed to around a track.
      • ‘The landscape around the centre provides 13 km of endurance tracks and tracks for cross-country riding.’
      • ‘He's one of the country's top cross-country runners.’
      • ‘The cross-country course at the Olympic Games was not difficult enough.’
      • ‘The cross-country course provided a welcome challenge for riders.’
      • ‘A cross-country runner, he served as sports editor of his school paper during the past school year.’
      • ‘I haven't had a chance to check the course for my own race, but I know the course for the championships and it's a great cross-country course.’
      • ‘If he clicked on the sports section of college's website, he would see not aristocratic sons pounding along the cross-country course, but young women jogging on treadmills in a gym.’
      • ‘The fateful riding accident happened in a cross-country event in Virginia in May 1995.’
      • ‘He is building a reputation as a designer of cross-country courses for eventing testing.’
      • ‘As an athlete, she participated in track and field, cross-country running, badminton and basketball, giving the latter sport the nod as her favourite.’
      • ‘This popular event, run over almost four miles, takes place on the cross-country course and comprises a variety of jumps.’
      • ‘She finished the 26-mile cross-country course in St Moritz in six hours 56 minutes.’
      • ‘I visited the course some weeks ago and it is a really good cross-country course, with some great hills that are not too steep and underfoot conditions should be good.’
      • ‘He competes in three-day eventing, which consists of three different tests: dressage, showjumping and a cross-country course.’
      • ‘They bravely put their pain and discomfort to the back of their minds to complete the tough cross-country course.’
      • ‘If you intend doing more cross-country driving or competitions involving marathons, then a backstep is a must.’
      • ‘Ben showed great determination and skill over both courses putting up seven faults in show-jumping and a superb clear over the cross-country course.’
      • ‘The estate also offers a challenging cross-country course, an outdoor arena and show-jumping area.’
      • ‘Originating in Scandinavia, the sport involves cross-country running through unfamiliar terrain, while reading a map to find your way.’
      • ‘Other popular sports include horse racing, hockey, cross-country running, tennis, swimming, and other water sports.’
    2. 1.2 Relating to or denoting skiing over relatively flat or mountainous terrain, as opposed to skiing only downhill.
      • ‘Many offer cross-country skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, sledding, horseback riding, and nature watching.’
      • ‘You don't need a mountain for cross-country skiing, just a snow covered area.’
      • ‘The aim is to provide novice mountaineers with the basic skills and techniques of cross-country skiing, snow survival, mountaineering, and ice climbing.’
      • ‘Although the snow on downhill and cross-country courses can look smooth on television, under the microscope snow crystals are jagged and have varying water contents.’
      • ‘He loves Alaska, as do his two children who grew up fishing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing to school.’
      • ‘If you can combine cross-country skiing and target shooting, why not chess and boxing?’
      • ‘Getting out onto a well-lit ski trail is one of the most pleasurable additions to cross-country skiing in recent years.’
      • ‘One of the most exciting events was the biathlon, which combines cross-country skiing with shooting at targets at a range of 50m.’
      • ‘The town has been busy this summer making preparations for cross-country skiing.’
      • ‘And cross-country skiing, or ski du fond, is one of the finest ways ever devised of experiencing that sense of well being only achieved through a good work out amongst sublime scenery.’
      • ‘Winter sports include Nordic and cross-country skiing, ice skating, and ice hockey.’
      • ‘To get a taste of Olympic cross-country skiing, I didn't balk at a longer drive.’
      • ‘There's no need for bulky ‘ski suits’ and the scenery in which cross-country skiing takes place in is breathtakingly spectacular.’
      • ‘We'll stay in Oslo for a few days and then head up to a cabin in the mountains to try cross-country skiing.’
      • ‘Our couples can also try night skiing, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, sleigh rides, ice climbing and snowboarding.’
      • ‘It would have been enough to send many Finnish boys running to the relative safety of cross-country skiing or even ice-hockey.’
      • ‘She once devoted an article to the pleasures and benefits of cross-country skiing.’
      • ‘As in traditional competition, biathlon consists of cross-country skiing and shooting.’
      • ‘A cross-country skier herself, she advocates massage before hitting the trail.’
      • ‘It's best described as cross-country skiing without the skis.’
  • 2Across a region or country, in particular.

    • ‘It already runs a cross-country route as well as the west coast mainline to Glasgow.’
    • ‘Success led to an order for three more cars, similar in appearance, but designed for fast services on cross-country routes.’
    • ‘Such an increase is typical of many cross-country routes over the past year.’
    • ‘The bid will not be part of Virgin's present commitment to run the west coast main line service and the cross-country routes.’
    • ‘Its output goes to cross-country transmission lines that supply the electrical users in the region.’
    • ‘Hours later, I was in a taxi heading to the station for a cross-country journey, in coach class and not a sleeper car.’
    • ‘Using information culled from her cross-country team of field reps, she can instantly determine what the market is like in virtually any city.’
    • ‘There is the detached feel of travel, like looking out of the window on a cross-country train journey.’
    • ‘It is also increasing pressure on its rival by picking up more cross-country routes.’
    • ‘The number of new flight combinations available could easily be in the hundreds for such a cross-country route.’
    • ‘Consider the sports agent who flew cross-country just for the chance to have a brief meet-and-greet with a potential client.’
    • ‘Its latest growth spurt focuses on cross-country routes between New England and California.’
    • ‘In the nineties, the British rail network was broken up and he took on responsibility for a couple of cross-country lines.’
    • ‘Those flights - now the discounter's fifth cross-country route - are scheduled to begin June 1.’
    • ‘The train being used on today's journey was one of Virgin's 44 diesel Super Voyagers, which are used on cross-country routes across Britain.’
    • ‘First, however, they have to make the cross-country journey - a process that is difficult because they have no money.’
    • ‘According to Brown, long cross-country routes such as New York to Los Angeles would be assigned at least two aircraft and offer at least two round trips per day.’
    • ‘If your motoring life involves cross-country work or long main road trips, this car would be a much better bet.’
    • ‘They also help to forecast road maintenance amounts, cross-country route preparation, and engineer performance capabilities.’
    • ‘Among his ideas: squeezing more flying hours out of its planes and offering longer flights, including additional cross-country routes.’
    1. 2.1 Not keeping to main or direct roads, routes, or railroad lines.
      ‘mine shafts camouflaged by vegetation have swallowed up more than one cross-country hiker’
      [as adverb] ‘if you are traveling cross-country, choose where you walk with care’
      • ‘When attacking from the march the troops reach the attack line by roads, cross-country tracks and along the most accessible routes.’
      • ‘The last thing I should be doing in my condition is heading cross-country on the back of a donkey.’
      • ‘He arrived after a marathon cross-country drive.’
      • ‘Steeple-chasing derived from horses racing each other cross-country to the nearest church steeple.’
      • ‘Explore a remote corner of Texas' frontera country via rarely used trails and cross-country routes.’
      • ‘There is also an attractive cross-country route to the hall.’
      • ‘He persuaded me that we, too, should take in Mt. Whitney while scouting a cross-country route to our next camp.’
      • ‘From its base we could explore the headwaters of the stream leading back to camp for our cross-country route into Wallace Creek, to the north.’
      • ‘Our trip is a combination of trail and cross-country travel through remote backcountry.’
      • ‘To fly to Cuito requires a five-hour cross-country journey to the airport.’
      • ‘He travelled on the motorway rather than taking a cross-country route.’
      • ‘We follow a cross-country route east, exploring a rarely visited section of the refuge.’
      • ‘Like someone who has set out to navigate a complicated and dangerous cross-country journey, I was astonished to find the steering wheel moving expertly of its own accord.’
      • ‘From there, he'll spend the next week traveling cross-country to Boston.’
    2. 2.2US Traveling to many different parts of a country.
      ‘a whirlwind cross-country tour’
      • ‘This will give me the perfect excuse to do my cross-country travelling.’
      • ‘It was the unexpected pot of gold at the end of his cross-country journey.’
      • ‘For one thing, cheap travel will become a thing of the past - goodbye backpacking trips to Bali and cross-country road trips.’
      • ‘Get in touch with your inner travel bug - it can be as easy as exploring the next town over from yours or as complicated as convincing the folks that the family should take a cross-country trip.’
      • ‘He will be going on a cross-country tour.’
      • ‘The President was back in the state where he spent that fateful morning, before being flown off on a zig-zag cross-country journey which finally took him back to Washington.’
      • ‘Whether your adventure is a weekend at the cottage, a camping getaway or a cross-country road trip, be prepared before you buckle up and head out on the highway.’
      • ‘Later, they embark on a cross-country journey.’
      • ‘He's in the middle of a cross-country tour, speaking to business leaders.’
      • ‘He is taking time off for a cross-country tour with his new stage show.’
      • ‘He leaves home on his son's third birthday and begins a cross-country road trip to try to answer some of his nagging questions about himself.’
      • ‘The movie's plot involves the cross-country journey that ensues when his bicycle is stolen.’
      • ‘For example, here's a handy little guide I made for you to reference before embarking on any tedious cross-country road trip.’
      • ‘The film catalogues his cross-country journey to confront old flames and discover the truth in a poignantly comedic way.’
      • ‘Joining Mark on his cross-country journey are two more DJs.’
      • ‘Today, they embarked on a cross-country tour called ‘Believe In America.’’
      • ‘The daughter accompanies her father on a cross-country journey.’
      • ‘His cross-country road trip started last Friday am and he's now West of Albequerque heading for Reno.’
      • ‘And polls show the President's cross-country tour has not boosted support for private accounts a bit.’
      • ‘In December she's publishing a 2006 calendar, photographed on a 10-day cross-country road trip.’

noun

  • 1A cross-country race or competition.

    • ‘A teenage boy happily wins both the horse sprint and cross-country, gladly collecting his monetary prize.’
    • ‘He won the under-18 cross-country in a new record time.’
    • ‘Looking back on the last year, I have run for England and won the North cross-country, so things are moving forward.’
    • ‘He has won numerous titles at cross-country, road and track.’
    • ‘He ran the cross-country, with more than 120 participating.’
    • ‘She was 50th in her first cross-country for the club.’
    • ‘There is a 5k fun run/walk, a 3k junior run/walk, a wheelchair race and a kids' mini cross-country.’
    • ‘He also finished 3rd in the cross-country in Cardiff on Sunday, 14th January.’
    • ‘In between is the most gruelling test, the cross-country.’
    • ‘The cross-country saw the main Irish challenger in the six-country competition come into sharp focus as the time played the major factor.’
    • ‘It was after the world junior cross-country in 1991.’
    • ‘For the first time a human has won the annual 22-mile Man versus Horse cross-country held in Mid-Wales each year.’
    • ‘It was more of a trail race rather then a cross-country.’
    • ‘The following day, Ian ran in another cross-country.’
    • ‘They staged the final cross-country of the season.’
    • ‘Years later I would use this advice down a snowy hill in Boston to win the world junior cross-country.’
    • ‘Many thanks to everyone who turned out to give them complete teams - this was the first cross-country for many of them.’
    • ‘His next race is the world junior cross-country in France in two weeks time.’
    • ‘Three weeks ago he was fifth, and the top-placed Briton, at the Great North cross-country in Newcastle.’
    • ‘The final mandatory jog would take place 45 minutes after a given horse had finished the cross-country.’
    1. 1.1 The sport of cross-country running, riding, skiing, or driving.
      ‘skiing in the Rockies is a pleasant mix of downhill and cross-country’
      • ‘Most noticeable were the cross-country and track and field team.’
      • ‘There are many elements that make team sports like cross-country fun.’
      • ‘But world cross-country champion Radcliffe says she has learnt from those experiences and has come back a better athlete.’
      • ‘His least favourite sport is cross-country and I must admit I share his opinion on this.’
      • ‘He ran cross-country for Lancashire, but although he was a good standard he didn't enjoy it and his heart really wasn't in it.’
      • ‘It's not seen as a punishment in the same way that cross-country is.’
      • ‘It is also important for schools to offer a wide range of sports, not just the traditional football, rugby, hockey, netball, cross-country and cricket.’
      • ‘The Harriers welcomes new members of all ages and abilities and caters for road, cross-country and track and field, as well as providing a full social programme.’
      • ‘‘Our dressage and cross-country was good, but our show jumping was not so hot,’ she said.’
      • ‘An Olympic cross-country track is also a long-term plan, as are mounted patrols.’
      • ‘If your horse's long, flowing mane gets in the way when you're doing dressage or cross-country, try a running plait.’
      • ‘In the meantime, cross-country is her main focus.’
      • ‘The students have an aptitude for all sporting activities including athletics, football, basketball and cross-country.’
      • ‘The former cross-country champion has created quite a stir since she began training for a marathon debut.’
      • ‘This year, he helped usher in girls' ninth grade basketball and cross-country.’
      • ‘He has showed great ability on roads, cross-country and track.’
      • ‘There's downhill, slalom, cross-country and so forth.’
      • ‘I know that much of my own coaching time is absorbed in training youths for cross-country, fell-racing and middle distance track.’
      • ‘This event, unusually, also included two outdoor events javelin and cross-country.’
      • ‘The entire team starts training in September, while the distance runners compete in cross-country.’

Pronunciation:

cross-country

/ˈˌkrɔs ˈkəntri/