crisscross

A crisscross is a pattern of lines that cross or intersect. Your favorite shirt might be printed with pink and purple crisscrosses.

You might doodle a crisscross pattern during class or stitch crisscrosses on a quilt. You can also use the word as a verb, meaning to cross in a pattern: "The sidewalks crisscross the city," or "I watched the dogs crisscross the beach." The word dates from the 1800s, from the Middle English crist-cross, or "Christ's cross," which was a mark traditionally made before the alphabet in a schoolbook or primer.

Definitions of crisscross
  1. noun
    a marking that consists of lines that cross each other
    synonyms: cross, mark
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    type of:
    marking
    a pattern of marks
  2. adjective
    marked with crossing lines
    synonyms: crisscrossed
    reticular, reticulate
    resembling or forming a network
  3. adverb
    crossing one another in opposite directions
  4. verb
    mark with a pattern of crossing lines
    crisscross the sheet of paper”
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    type of:
    mark
    make or leave a mark on
  5. verb
    mark with or consist of a pattern of crossed lines
    “wrinkles crisscrossed her face”
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    type of:
    line
    mark with lines
  6. verb
    cross in a pattern, often random
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