Definition of crossroads in English:



  • 1An intersection of two or more roads.

    • ‘He analysed accidents at urban priority crossroads and staggered intersections.’
    • ‘He says people dash out in front of traffic at the busy crossroads, impatient for the pedestrian green light to show.’
    • ‘The report outlines that advance warning should be given to alert motorists that the crossroads is now a T-junction.’
    • ‘Villagers are to be given the chance to have their say over £1.8m plans to reduce the death toll at a crossroads where two major roads meet near Selby.’
    • ‘Ignore tracks to the left and right but keep to the main access road which bears right and climbs gradually to the lane crossroads.’
    • ‘There are no teachers to check on progress, and only a few mothers at some crossroads to oversee road crossing.’
    • ‘The junction involves a tight crossroads just north of a bridge over the River Aire.’
    • ‘He then found himself lost and confused once again, as if on a path of winding roads and crossroads.’
    • ‘After the bridge, follow the road to the right up to the crossroads with the main road.’
    • ‘Police sealed off the traffic-light-controlled crossroads for more than two hours, causing tailbacks as rush-hour traffic was diverted.’
    • ‘They followed the path and then road till its first crossroads.’
    • ‘Then he turned his horse towards the crossroads.’
    • ‘He said they were also conducting a feasibility study into the possibility of replacing the crossroads with a full-sized roundabout.’
    • ‘At roundabouts, zebra crossings, crossroads and traffic lights, rear-end shunts can cause serious injury and, in some extreme cases, death.’
    • ‘The pilot slammed on the brakes and came to a halt two thirds of the way down the runway, turned full circle and headed towards a crossroads in the tarmac.’
    • ‘And the system doesn't always pick up on mini-roundabouts and crossroads where you need to go straight on and so doesn't give you any directions there.’
    • ‘The ‘pinch points’ have been identified at major motorway junctions, congested dual carriageway roundabouts and crossroads.’
    • ‘Police said the Citroën Saxo was travelling along the A19 towards Selby when the driver lost control and left the road on a humpbacked bridge next to the crossroads.’
    • ‘Many of the deaths have resulted from conflicts with local traffic at crossroads and junctions along the single carriageway sections.’
    • ‘Other newcomers might recognise some of the crossroads and roundabouts I have found myself anxiously negotiating on the journey so far.’
    crossroads, crossing, intersection, interchange, t-junction, box junction, gyratory
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    1. 1.1A point at which a crucial decision must be made that will have far-reaching consequences.
      ‘we stand again at a historic crossroads’
      • ‘Thus, without a word of dialogue or a note of music, he has conveyed the change that this woman is about to undergo at the crossroads of her life.’
      • ‘Its amazing: I am at the crossroads of my life again.’
      • ‘Last fall, when they were at the crossroads, he went to a conference for greenhouse growers in Arizona and returned with new ideas and techniques on raising tomatoes.’
      • ‘He saw journalism at a crossroads, and urged news directors to take the higher road.’
      • ‘With competition from regional clubs becoming stronger every year, they stand at the crossroads as they look to plot their path for a secure future.’
      • ‘American poetry is at something of a crossroads, and the roads leading there are jammed with traffic.’
      • ‘Logistics in the automotive industry is at a crossroads.’
      • ‘Her refusal to meet him after working hours sparks off a situation where she finds herself at the crossroads - shall I choose career or self-respect?’
      • ‘He has, through his music and work, been at the crossroads of all the major developments in Irish Traditional Music spanning the last three decades.’
      • ‘At the crossroads of a profound and complex political crisis, a new cabinet is finally formed.’
      • ‘To use a much cited cliche, we are at the crossroads.’
      • ‘He said that he believes that the industry is ‘at an important crossroads with our customers.’’
      • ‘It is now at the crossroads of its existence.’
      • ‘I think today our nation is at the crossroads where a serious reflection on the direction of our policies is a matter of uttermost urgency.’
      • ‘There she sits in her car, at the crossroads of her life.’
      • ‘At age twenty four life really is at the crossroads.’
      • ‘But then there was a time when he found himself at the crossroads - mainstream cinema was not accepting him and his versatility was not finding any creative route to expression.’
      • ‘Now he finds himself standing at the crossroads once again.’
      • ‘Well we're definitely at the crossroads.’
      • ‘Scotland's optoelectronics industry stands at the crossroads.’
      critical point, decisive point, turning point, crossroads, critical period, crux, climax, climacteric, culmination, height, head, moment of truth, zero hour, point of no return, rubicon
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    2. 1.2North American A road that crosses a main road or joins two main roads.
      • ‘Turning left as I came to a crossroad, I caught a glimpse of my parent's cosy home before going down the steep hill.’
      • ‘They approached the first crossroad and turned right, the road soon becoming smoother and wider as the trees started to thin.’
      • ‘The support site was built above an ancient Roman crossroad.’
      • ‘They came to another crossroad and making a quick turn they found themselves being led into a rocky cavern.’
      • ‘I turned toward the voice when I came to a crossroad at the footpath.’
      • ‘I decided I better keep walking forward until I came to a crossroad.’
      • ‘There was grass on either side of the road, until they got down to the crossroad, the road split into three.’
      • ‘They stood there watching the river run past, not even dampening the crossroad that lay beyond its borders.’
      • ‘At a crossroad he stopped on the corner and watched a carriage approach.’
      • ‘As he approached the crossroad again, he saw some men ran past him.’
      • ‘She did so, taking the shortest routes until they reached the end of a narrow street and emerged onto a wide crossroad.’
      • ‘They seem to end in odd places, for example, at the crossroad off the roundabout on Epsom Road.’
      • ‘As we returned from our journey we found them halfway down the hill, waiting patiently if anxiously for us at a crossroad in the path.’
      • ‘Rebecca pointed out her driveway beyond the next crossroad.’
      • ‘Campaigners will meet at noon to make a ring around the clock at the crossroad of Regent Street and The Parade.’
      • ‘He chose to photograph a crossroad in Pretoria.’
      • ‘As they turned right at a corner the road widened and a crossroad loomed out from the darkness, the same one they had passed that morning.’
      • ‘Each one jogged down the road to the four-way crossroad.’
      • ‘I live near the Four Lane Ends crossroad at the top of Shear Brow and daily around 8.30 am I see hundreds of cars pour into Blackburn with only one person in the car.’
      • ‘As it approached the crossroad, a truck loaded with sugarcane pulled out, blocking the road.’