(Cross"patch`) n. An ill-natured person. [Colloq.] "Crosspatch, draw the latch." Mother
(Cross"-pawl`) n. (Shipbuilding) Same as Cross-spale.
1. A piece of any structure which is fitted or framed crosswise.
2. (Naut.) A bar or timber connecting two knightheads or two bitts.
1. A counter or opposing purpose; hence, that which is inconsistent or contradictory. Shaftesbury.
2. pl. A conversational game, in which questions and answers are made so as to involve ludicrous
combinations of ideas. Pepys.
To be at cross-purposes, to misunderstand or to act counter to one another without intending it;
said of persons.
(Cross"-ques`tion) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cross- questioned p. pr. & vb. n. Cross-questioning.]
To cross-examine; to subject to close questioning.
(Cross"-read`ing) n. The reading of the lines of a newspaper directly across the page,
instead of down the columns, thus producing a ludicrous combination of ideas.
(Cross"road`) n. A road that crosses another; an obscure road intersecting or avoiding the
1. The alphabet; called also Christcross-row.
And from the crossrow plucks the letter G.
2. A row that crosses others.
(Cross"ruff`) n. (Whist) The play in whist where partners trump each a different suit, and
lead to each other for that purpose; called also seesaw.
(Cross"-spale` Cross"-spall`) (- sp?l`), n. [See Spale & Spall.] (Shipbuilding) One of the
temporary wooden braces, placed horizontally across a frame to hold it in position until the deck beams
are in; a cross-pawl.
(Cross"-spring`er) n. (Arch.) One of the ribs in a groined arch, springing from the corners
in a diagonal direction. [See Illustr. of Groined vault.]
1. An instrument formerly used at sea for taking the altitudes of celestial bodies.
2. A surveyor's instrument for measuring offsets.
(Cross"-stitch`) n. A form of stitch, where the stitches are diagonal and in pairs, the thread
of one stitch crossing that of the other. "Tent and cross-stitch." Sir W. Scott. Cross"-stitch`, v. t. &