The Cross has many different meanings–some of them very emotionally charged.
For Christians, it’s the symbol of their religion–the sign of the crucifixion. It appears on tombstones, marriage certificates, church walls and signs, and chains worn around the necks of many of the devout. Some Christian sects make the sign of the cross while praying. There are churches in England where Crusaders made cross marks in the wall before heading out to war. For Catholics, rosaries are a form of devotion in which five (or fifteen) decades of Hail Marys are repeated, each decade preceded by an Our Father and followed by a Glory Be.
On a more secular note, Native Americans played a game called Lacrosse. “Lacrosse is a team sport played with a lacrosse stick and a lacrosse ball. Players use the head of the lacrosse stick to carry, pass, catch, and shoot the ball into the goal” according to Wikipedia.
If you do not know how to sign your name, you make your X or your cross to indicate that you have signed your name. This is often witnessed by people who can sign their name.
Crosses cut into the bark of trees were used to mark highways and paths in wilderness areas. Some of those marks are painted with white or yellow paint to make them stand out. The crosses are also called Notches and many roads on the East Coast are called Two or Three Notched Road. From the City of Charlottesville website about Three Notched Road. Also called Three Chopt Road, this colonial route ran from Richmond to the Shenandoah Valley . It likely took its name from three notches cut into trees to blaze the trail. A major east-west route across central Virginia from the 1730s, it was superseded by Route 250 in the 1930s. Part of Jack Jouett’s famous ride and the Marquis de Lafayette’s efforts to prevent Gen. Charles Cornwallis from obtaining munitions took place along this road. Today West Main Street and part of University Avenue approximate the Three Notch’d Road’s original course through present-day Charlottesville.
Cross words are words said in anger or annoyment. They are also a popular word game and are supposed to be a helpful way for people to exercise their brains. They have become one of the newer categories on Wheel of Fortune, where contestants are given a category like snow and then have to guess words that are added to snow like snowflake or snowman or snowplow.
The Red Cross is an international humanitarian organization tthat provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness education.
Cross pollinators, such as bees, wasps, and bats, are instrumental in maintaining our food supply.
Motocross is a form of off-road motorcycle racing held on enclosed off-road circuits. BMX is bicycle motocross.
In a game such as BINGO or tic tac toe, you when when you get 5 (Bingo) or 3 (Tic Tac Toe) across.
A crossroad is where one road passes across another or major decision point in your life. Marriage or remaining single. After high school graduation: college, the military, or a job. To have children or not. Move out or remain in your parents’ basement.
If you meet another person by circumstance, it can be called crossing paths.
A cross person is sometimes called a crosspatch.
According to Wikipedia, a cross sectional study is ‘In medical research and social science, a type of observational study that analyzes data from a population, or a representative subset, at a specific point in time—that is, cross-sectional data.”
A cross section diagram shows a slice or portion of a larger body–like the details of the eye or one of the systems in the body like the reproductive, digestive, or nervous.
Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side.
What do you call a sailor who has crossed the Atlantic twice without taking a bath? Dirty double crosser.
What do you get when you cross a cow with a trampoline? A milk shake.
Why didn’t the toilet paper cross the road? It got stuck in a crack