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noun [countable]     cross pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    British the symbol X
    1. a.
      used for showing your choice on a written list of choices

      Put a cross next to the name of the person you are voting for.

  2. 2
    a shape with one long upright line and one shorter line across it, used as a symbol of Christianity
    1. b.

      the Cross

      the structure on which Jesus Christ died according to the Bible

      a painting of Jesus on the Cross

    See also crucifixion
  3. 3
    an animal that is a mixture of two different breeds
    1. a.
      a plant that is the result of mixing two different types to produce a new genetic type
      cross between:

      The clementine is a cross between a tangerine and a Seville orange.

    2. b.
      something that contains the qualities of two different groups or types
      cross between:

      Most of their music is a cross between jazz and rock.

  4. 4
    in sports such as football, the action of kicking or hitting the ball from one side of the field to someone in the middle or on the other side
  5. 5
    in boxing, a way of hitting your opponent from the side as they try to hit you

    a right cross

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