Definition of crossing in US English:

crossing

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yet at railway crossings there are bells and lights when the road is to be blocked.’
    • ‘But what we are talking about here is crossing roadways and railway crossings.’
    • ‘The number of deaths at railway crossings has risen, experts said last night.’
    • ‘One could quite reasonably believe that there are a finite number of ways persons could breach the laws regarding railway crossings.’
    • ‘If Nebraskans want well-maintained roads and safer railroad crossings, they may have to pay a little more at the pump.’
    • ‘My biggest fear was having to brake, from high speed, for red lights, railway crossings, etc.’
    • ‘Usually, railway crossings work more or less like clockwork.’
    • ‘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 two-day initiative is to target high-risk drivers at railway crossings and perform general driver safety and education blitzes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gatekeepers at railway crossings, watchers and other workers associated with track work placed an indefinite ban on overtime on February 14.’
    • ‘The delays at the railway crossing would be avoided by creating a new link road.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It includes plans to bridge the crossing and introduce a railway station.’
    • ‘It centered upon his plan to elevate the tracks of the city's railroads at road crossings.’
    • ‘He admitted building the double line would cause more train traffic at the railway crossings.’
    • ‘Posters will be put up at all of the railway stations, railway crossings, access points and known trespass locations.’
    • ‘Because of the slow speeds involved, light railways did not have to have gated railway crossings.’
    • ‘The barrier at the railway crossing did not function well and the bell did not ring.’
    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.

    • ‘First came the battle between advocates of a short tower and those who wanted a much taller tower over the crossing.’
    • ‘This rulemaking covers access to public rights-of-way, sidewalks, street crossings and related pedestrian facilities.’
    • ‘I feel I have to write to take issue with her on the matter of our much needed crossing.’
    • ‘Local people who have used this crossing regularly are saying that they cannot recall an accident there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Police are continuing the hunt for the driver of a black Fiat Punto, which knocked Katie down on a crossing in York.’
    • ‘‘Drivers are being terribly arrogant at that crossing,’ she said.’
    • ‘In order to collect test data, all street crossings will be subject to videotaping.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Planning officers said that in further plans there should also be provision for another crossing near to the school.’
    • ‘Sadly, no one can stop those who choose not to use the crossings in the High Street.’
    • ‘I use this crossing up to six times a day, walking my children to school.’
    • ‘The regulatory committee also agreed that plans for a proposed crossing should be supported.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It tells users exactly where they are, and gives warnings about obstacles such as road junctions and crossings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The crossing should safely assist pedestrians to the Victoria Recreation Ground, as well as to a nearby scout hut and nursery.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘The sensor, with its high speed and sensitivity, would be a welcome addition at airport-security checkpoints, border crossings, and ports, he notes.’
      • ‘Though these drive-through detectors are good for quick scans at busy seaports and border crossings, they don't convey much specific information.’
      • ‘Efforts to curb illegal border crossings have so far posed an obstacle for those wanting to visit family members living across the border.’
      • ‘In October, 6,000 protesters with bulldozers and tractors closed 15 border crossings for an entire week.’
      • ‘Until earlier this month, travellers at this remote desert border crossing could enter Iraq without a visa.’
      • ‘That is why Washington is working with Mexico City to open up more and more of these fast lanes at border crossings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Businesses that use highway transport are facing long delays at customs crossings along the border.’
      • ‘U.S. Customs said agents have seized 19,000 pounds of marijuana at northern border crossings.’
      • ‘The clamp-down is on targeted street vendors rather than the border crossings where the cigarette trucks enter the country illegally.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That border crossing will make a profound and irreversible difference.’
      • ‘It's a 2.5 hour drive, minus any border crossing wait time.’
      • ‘ID cards are already used for identification at border crossings in Europe.’
      • ‘‘Skipping’ the country is increasingly difficult owing to the computerization of airports and border crossings.’
      • ‘Every town, city or border crossing is a bustle of trade.’
      • ‘Seizures at checkpoints, airports and international border crossings have proven equally successful,.’
      • ‘By Dec. 31, 2007, it will extend to land border crossings.’
      • ‘Officials from these agencies are responsible for inspecting baggage and vehicles at airports and border crossings.’
      • ‘This investment will reduce bottlenecks at two of our major 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.’
    • ‘There were also gunboats on the border to prevent any crossing.’
    • ‘For pedestrians the crossing of Teeling Street is a daily ordeal.’
    • ‘Charles Lindbergh's stunning crossing of the Atlantic did not stop other aerial adventurers from attempting the flight over that vast ocean.’
    • ‘Englishman Simon Chalk will be official record-holder for the fastest rowed crossing of the Indian Ocean after all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The issue of Mexican immigration and border crossing is reversed, as Americans stream toward the border, only to be forbidden entry by Mexican patrols.’
    • ‘Do you believe the United States should hold Mexico responsible for its citizens' illegal crossing of our borders?’
    • ‘When the pedestrian phase is too long, drivers may be unnecessarily delayed at an empty crosswalk after all pedestrians have completed their crossing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now, my journey for food begins with the crossing of a railway line.’
    • ‘Not the best time for your first subterranean crossing perhaps.’
    1. 3.1 A journey across water in a ship.
      ‘a short ferry crossing’
      • ‘This resulted in a very wet crossing, with the yacht developing a lot of leaks.’
      • ‘Finally, after a leisurely drive north to Portland, we boarded the ferry for the overnight crossing back to Yarmouth.’
      • ‘It was a pretty lumpy crossing - force 9 gales and a medium to heavy swell.’
      • ‘So you can see that just picking any old ferry route and the cheapest possible crossing may not necessarily be the best plan.’
      • ‘There is no bridge, and crossing is only possible by a ferry used to transport illegal timber to Vietnam and Cambodia.’
      • ‘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 crossing was calm and the gentle swaying motion of the ship had lulled him into a fitful sleep in the rest-lounge.’
      • ‘The 15-minute crossing costs £18.15 return for a car and £2.45 per passenger.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The crossing, which consumed fourteen days, was a rough one, but he reached his destination without serious accident in 1880.’
      • ‘The ship reached Portsmouth in England after a seven-day trans-Atlantic crossing.’
      • ‘The rough crossing in the cold and choppy waters from the U.K. to the shores of North America took 10 days.’
      • ‘To get to the coast is at least a day's ride, and the ferry crossing is another day.’
      • ‘The ferry crossing was sublimely calm and sunny.’
      • ‘The crossing to Trinidad is deep and notoriously rough, as I found out to my cost.’
      • ‘He will follow the route of Christopher Columbus's third crossing from Cadiz in Spain to the Port of Spain in Trinidad.’
      • ‘The first successful crossing by ship would not occur until Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen set out in 1903.’
      • ‘The crossing to Orkney was unexpectedly rough.’
      • ‘Even our mighty warships could only make that crossing in weeks!’
      • ‘She had to abandon her first planned crossing three weeks earlier because of high winds and sea state.’
      traversal, traverse, passage, voyage, journey
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  • 4Crossbreeding.

    • ‘Hybridization of bovine species is either spontaneous or by organized crossing.’
    • ‘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 crossing was done between phenotypically uniform plants.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

crossing

/ˈkrôsiNG//ˈkrɔsɪŋ/