(Latin: cross, crosslike; from the gallows tree)
2. An image or figure of Jesus on the cross: A crucifix is a cross that is viewed as a symbol of Jesus' crucifixion which is used as a model of Jesus Christ dying on a cross, often found in a church or even worn as jewelry.
3. The iron cross which is a position on gymnastic rings: A crucifix is a gymnastic exercise that is performed on the rings when the gymnast supports himself or herself with both arms extended horizontally from each side of the body.
2. Any representation of Jesus Christ's death on the cross: In many Christian churches there is at least one symbol of the crucifixion to be seen which creates an atmosphere of solemness.
3. A public presentation involving harsh criticisms of someone or something that has disastrous results: Rose read about a politician in the newspaper who had immoral affairs which resulted in a crucifixion of his marital and political life.
2. To mortify or to subdue (the flesh).
3. To treat cruelly; torment; as, "They crucified the awkward child with teasing."
4. To criticize harshly; pillory: "The media crucified the politician for breaking a campaign pledge."
2. A designer or aficionado of crossword puzzles; a maker or creator of crossword puzzles.
2. To go or move along, especially in an unhurried or unconcerned fashion.
3. To travel at a constant speed or at a speed providing maximum operating efficiency for a sustained period.
4. To move leisurely about an area in the hope of discovering something; such as, "The taxis were cruising for fares."
5. The act or an instance of cruising, especially a sea voyage for pleasure.
6. Etymologically: Dutch kruisen, to cross, from kruis, cross, from Middle Dutch cruce, from Latin crux, cruc-, "cross".
2. A ship that travels on the seas for the pleasure of its passengers.
3. Someone who goes on ship tours for adventure, etc.
4. A police car, especially one used to patrol an area.
2. A holy war undertaken with papal sanction.
3. A strong movement for a cause or against an abuse.
The Crusades refers to the nine historical European-Christian military expeditions to the Muslim-controlled Holy Land. The term "crusaders" refers or those taking part in those campaigns.
In English, the term "crusade" has come to refer to any type of campaign that is conducted with an emphasis on zeal and persistence. Even in these days, it may refer to a contemporary attack against Islam, whether perceived or real, asserted to be of similar nature or basis as the historic Crusades.
2. An vigorous concerted effort, movement, or cause against something considered to be evil.
3. A disputant who advocates reform.
2. The basic, central, or critical point or feature: "The crux of the matter resulted in a problem for the family."
"The crux of the argument was not resolved."3. A puzzling or apparently insoluble problem.
2. To inflict severe mental and emotional distress on someone.
2. Very intense or extreme: Mary wrote her essay with excruciating precision and accuracy.