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Definition: Cross purpose
1. Not parallel; lying or falling athwart; transverse;
The cross refraction of the second prism. --Sir I.
2. Not accordant with what is wished or expected;
interrupting; adverse; contrary; thwarting; perverse. “A
The cross and unlucky issue of my design.
The article of the resurrection seems to lie
marvelously cross to the common experience of
We are both love's captives, but with fates so
One must be happy by the other's loss. --Dryden.
3. Characterized by, or in a state of, peevishness,
fretfulness, or ill humor; as, a cross man or woman.
He had received a cross answer from his mistress.
4. Made in an opposite direction, or an inverse relation;
mutually inverse; interchanged; as, cross interrogatories;
cross marriages, as when a brother and sister marry
persons standing in the same relation to each other.
(Law), an action brought by a party who is
sued against the person who has sued him, upon the same
subject matter, as upon the same contract. --Burrill.
(Arch.), a transept; the lateral divisions of a
(a) (Mach.) A shaft, windlass, or roller, worked by levers
at opposite ends, as in the copperplate printing
(b) A driving axle, with cranks set at an angle of 90[deg]
with each other.
(Geol.), oblique lamination of horizontal
. See in the Vocabulary.
. Same as Crosspiece
, a form of bricklaying, in which the joints of
one stretcher course come midway between those of the
stretcher courses above and below, a course of headers and
stretchers intervening. See Bond
, n., 8.
. See in the Vocabulary.
. See under Breeding
, a particular throw in wrestling; hence, an
unexpected defeat or repulse. --Smollet.
, across the country; not by the road. “The
, the fertilization of the female
products of one physiological individual by the male
products of another, -- as the fertilization of the ovules
of one plant by pollen from another. See Fertilization
, a double convex file, used in dressing out the
arms or crosses of fine wheels.
(Mil.), lines of fire, from two or more points
or places, crossing each other.
. (Her.) See under Forked
. See under Frog
, a furrow or trench cut across other furrows
to receive the water running in them and conduct it to the
side of the field.
, a handle attached transversely to the axis of
a tool, as in the augur. --Knight.
(Mining), a vein intersecting the true or
. See Cross-purpose
, in the Vocabulary.
, a reference made from one part of a book
or register to another part, where the same or an allied
subject is treated of.
(Naut.), a chopping sea, in which the waves run
in contrary directions.
, a line or stroke across something, as across
the letter t.
, a side wind; an unfavorable wind.
, fine wires made to traverse the field of view
in a telescope, and moved by a screw with a graduated
head, used for delicate astronomical observations; spider
lines. Fixed cross wires are also used in microscopes,
Syn: Fretful; peevish. See Fretful