Definition of crossing in US English:

crossing

noun

  • 1A place where two roads, two railroad lines, or a road and a railroad line cross.

    • ‘If Nebraskans want well-maintained roads and safer railroad crossings, they may have to pay a little more at the pump.’
    • ‘Posters will be put up at all of the railway stations, railway crossings, access points and known trespass locations.’
    • ‘The fact that the crash happened on a railway crossing has led to immediate demands for a change to the way that the interface between roads and rail are handled.’
    • ‘Because of the slow speeds involved, light railways did not have to have gated railway crossings.’
    • ‘But what we are talking about here is crossing roadways and railway crossings.’
    • ‘My biggest fear was having to brake, from high speed, for red lights, railway crossings, etc.’
    • ‘The two-day initiative is to target high-risk drivers at railway crossings and perform general driver safety and education blitzes.’
    • ‘Police have now warned that gates guarding the railway crossing should be kept closed at all times to try to prevent a repeat of the tragic accident.’
    • ‘Yet at railway crossings there are bells and lights when the road is to be blocked.’
    • ‘Built on a predominantly straight alignment, with no road crossings, the new line also merges with conventional track, cutting travel times to towns such as Nice, Monaco and Perpignan.’
    • ‘The delays at the railway crossing would be avoided by creating a new link road.’
    • ‘One could quite reasonably believe that there are a finite number of ways persons could breach the laws regarding railway crossings.’
    • ‘The barrier at the railway crossing did not function well and the bell did not ring.’
    • ‘It centered upon his plan to elevate the tracks of the city's railroads at road crossings.’
    • ‘Usually, railway crossings work more or less like clockwork.’
    • ‘Gatekeepers at railway crossings, watchers and other workers associated with track work placed an indefinite ban on overtime on February 14.’
    • ‘The number of deaths at railway crossings has risen, experts said last night.’
    • ‘He admitted building the double line would cause more train traffic at the railway crossings.’
    • ‘It includes plans to bridge the crossing and introduce a railway station.’
    • ‘A new economic agreement between the two was signed on Friday and they have pledged to open road and rail crossings possibly later this year.’
    junction, crossroads, intersection, interchange
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    1. 1.1Architecture The intersection of a church nave and the transepts.
      • ‘What survives today as the parish church is the crossing, transepts, presbytery, and ambulatory.’
      • ‘Arrived, the Queen was placed in a chair of estate in the middle of the crossing, facing the high altar.’
  • 2A place at which one may safely cross something, especially a street.

    • ‘I was disgusted by a remark from him when he spoke against a pedestrian controlled crossing, saying most children these days did not know the difference between red and green lights.’
    • ‘Sadly, no one can stop those who choose not to use the crossings in the High Street.’
    • ‘Police are continuing the hunt for the driver of a black Fiat Punto, which knocked Katie down on a crossing in York.’
    • ‘This has left the city with a couple of road crossings which are now deemed unsafe due to lack of crossing signals and road configurations.’
    • ‘Planning officers said that in further plans there should also be provision for another crossing near to the school.’
    • ‘One of the worst issues was the crossing on Devon Street.’
    • ‘He said they would consider the results but they would be leaning towards providing a crossing on the street.’
    • ‘‘Drivers are being terribly arrogant at that crossing,’ she said.’
    • ‘On a related note, it seems that at last we are looking at a safe crossing for pupils of Parish Church School in the not too distant future.’
    • ‘In order to collect test data, all street crossings will be subject to videotaping.’
    • ‘It tells users exactly where they are, and gives warnings about obstacles such as road junctions and crossings.’
    • ‘I use this crossing up to six times a day, walking my children to school.’
    • ‘This rulemaking covers access to public rights-of-way, sidewalks, street crossings and related pedestrian facilities.’
    • ‘The regulatory committee also agreed that plans for a proposed crossing should be supported.’
    • ‘The Government aims to set aside more space on roads and in public places for walkers and cyclists and improve their journeys with better street lighting and dedicated crossings.’
    • ‘Local people who have used this crossing regularly are saying that they cannot recall an accident there.’
    • ‘I feel I have to write to take issue with her on the matter of our much needed crossing.’
    • ‘The crossing should safely assist pedestrians to the Victoria Recreation Ground, as well as to a nearby scout hut and nursery.’
    • ‘First came the battle between advocates of a short tower and those who wanted a much taller tower over the crossing.’
    • ‘As a daily user of the pedestrian crossing I have some reservations about my safety, more importantly that of my daughter who uses this crossing twice daily to attend school.’
    pedestrian crossing, street crossing, pelican crossing, zebra crossing
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    1. 2.1 A place at which one may cross a border between countries.
      ‘a border crossing’
      • ‘‘Skipping’ the country is increasingly difficult owing to the computerization of airports and border crossings.’
      • ‘ID cards are already used for identification at border crossings in Europe.’
      • ‘This investment will reduce bottlenecks at two of our major border crossings.’
      • ‘U.S. Customs said agents have seized 19,000 pounds of marijuana at northern border crossings.’
      • ‘Well-guarded border crossings would allow international commerce to continue while also providing an opportunity to keep track of who is entering and exiting the country.’
      • ‘By Dec. 31, 2007, it will extend to land border crossings.’
      • ‘Until earlier this month, travellers at this remote desert border crossing could enter Iraq without a visa.’
      • ‘It's a 2.5 hour drive, minus any border crossing wait time.’
      • ‘Seizures at checkpoints, airports and international border crossings have proven equally successful,.’
      • ‘Though these drive-through detectors are good for quick scans at busy seaports and border crossings, they don't convey much specific information.’
      • ‘The sensor, with its high speed and sensitivity, would be a welcome addition at airport-security checkpoints, border crossings, and ports, he notes.’
      • ‘Other restrictions such as disinfectant controls at border crossings, ports and airports, along with warnings to passengers from England to dispose of risky food products, will continue.’
      • ‘Efforts to curb illegal border crossings have so far posed an obstacle for those wanting to visit family members living across the border.’
      • ‘Businesses that use highway transport are facing long delays at customs crossings along the border.’
      • ‘Officials from these agencies are responsible for inspecting baggage and vehicles at airports and border crossings.’
      • ‘That border crossing will make a profound and irreversible difference.’
      • ‘Every town, city or border crossing is a bustle of trade.’
      • ‘The clamp-down is on targeted street vendors rather than the border crossings where the cigarette trucks enter the country illegally.’
      • ‘In October, 6,000 protesters with bulldozers and tractors closed 15 border crossings for an entire week.’
      • ‘That is why Washington is working with Mexico City to open up more and more of these fast lanes at border crossings.’
  • 3The action of moving across or over something.

    ‘the crossing of the Pyrenees’
    • ‘The feat of getting so many men across the forbidden mountain range which separates the west coast of Chile from the jungle on the east was reminiscent of Hannibal's crossing of the Alps.’
    • ‘Now, my journey for food begins with the crossing of a railway line.’
    • ‘It is estimated that it will cost £20m to cut the cost of the tolls, and that a cut in the cost of crossing from the island to the mainland could create 200 jobs.’
    • ‘He was kayaking in a twenty-four foot craft for seventy-four days attempting the first solo crossing of the Atlantic.’
    • ‘They come out in their thousands for the Tour's crossing of the Pyrenees.’
    • ‘The issue of Mexican immigration and border crossing is reversed, as Americans stream toward the border, only to be forbidden entry by Mexican patrols.’
    • ‘When the pedestrian phase is too long, drivers may be unnecessarily delayed at an empty crosswalk after all pedestrians have completed their crossing.’
    • ‘There were also gunboats on the border to prevent any crossing.’
    • ‘Do you believe the United States should hold Mexico responsible for its citizens' illegal crossing of our borders?’
    • ‘It was the first time he and his people have come to this spot along the Zambezi River, to commemorate the crossing of his ancestors during an eclipse over 150 years ago.’
    • ‘For pedestrians the crossing of Teeling Street is a daily ordeal.’
    • ‘Englishman Simon Chalk will be official record-holder for the fastest rowed crossing of the Indian Ocean after all.’
    • ‘Not the best time for your first subterranean crossing perhaps.’
    • ‘Charles Lindbergh's stunning crossing of the Atlantic did not stop other aerial adventurers from attempting the flight over that vast ocean.’
    1. 3.1 A journey across water in a ship.
      ‘a short ferry crossing’
      • ‘The ship reached Portsmouth in England after a seven-day trans-Atlantic crossing.’
      • ‘The crossing, which consumed fourteen days, was a rough one, but he reached his destination without serious accident in 1880.’
      • ‘The ferry crossing was sublimely calm and sunny.’
      • ‘Another man lost his teeth in the mid-Atlantic on a particularly rough crossing, while being ill over the side of the boat he was on.’
      • ‘Even our mighty warships could only make that crossing in weeks!’
      • ‘Finally, after a leisurely drive north to Portland, we boarded the ferry for the overnight crossing back to Yarmouth.’
      • ‘He will follow the route of Christopher Columbus's third crossing from Cadiz in Spain to the Port of Spain in Trinidad.’
      • ‘The 15-minute crossing costs £18.15 return for a car and £2.45 per passenger.’
      • ‘The crossing to Orkney was unexpectedly rough.’
      • ‘There is no bridge, and crossing is only possible by a ferry used to transport illegal timber to Vietnam and Cambodia.’
      • ‘This resulted in a very wet crossing, with the yacht developing a lot of leaks.’
      • ‘To get to the coast is at least a day's ride, and the ferry crossing is another day.’
      • ‘In fact it was considered too rough even to send the dive centre boat to collect us, so we made the 20-minute crossing by ferry.’
      • ‘The rough crossing in the cold and choppy waters from the U.K. to the shores of North America took 10 days.’
      • ‘So you can see that just picking any old ferry route and the cheapest possible crossing may not necessarily be the best plan.’
      • ‘She had to abandon her first planned crossing three weeks earlier because of high winds and sea state.’
      • ‘The first successful crossing by ship would not occur until Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen set out in 1903.’
      • ‘The crossing to Trinidad is deep and notoriously rough, as I found out to my cost.’
      • ‘It was a pretty lumpy crossing - force 9 gales and a medium to heavy swell.’
      • ‘The crossing was calm and the gentle swaying motion of the ship had lulled him into a fitful sleep in the rest-lounge.’
      traversal, traverse, passage, voyage, journey
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  • 4Crossbreeding.

    • ‘The crossing was done between phenotypically uniform plants.’
    • ‘With man's manipulation, however, by taking the pollen from one flower to another and isolating them while the seed pod forms, the number of permutations for crossing is endless.’
    • ‘The English hounds were high-legged, strong animals probably originating from the crossing of English mastiffs with Irish greyhounds and wolfhounds.’
    • ‘The Irish Setter has evolved from the crossing of Irish Water Spaniels, Springer Spaniels, the Spanish Pointer, and English and Gordon Setters.’
    • ‘Hybridization of bovine species is either spontaneous or by organized crossing.’

Pronunciation

crossing

/ˈkrɔsɪŋ//ˈkrôsiNG/