Part of speech: adjective

In the form of a cross.

Part of speech: adverb

Across; sometimes with to.

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Usage examples "crosswise":

  1. The sapsuckers and several other kinds will perch on dead limbs, like a flycatcher, on the watch for insects; the flickers, and more rarely other kinds, will sit crosswise of a limb instead of crouching lengthwise of it, as is the custom with woodpeckers. - "The Woodpeckers", Fannie Hardy Eckstorm.
  2. Look here, a moment, commodore- he took from his pocket an apple, of which he had been munching half a- dozen during the walk, and held it up to view- draw your lines which way you will on this sphere; crosswise or lengthwise, up or down, zigzag or parpendic'lar, and you will not find more traverses than I've worked about the old ball! - "The Monikins", J. Fenimore Cooper.
  3. The end of the stick, which is uppermost, is guarded by two little pieces of wood crosswise, with a hoop round their extremities, which appears something like a wheel; and this saves the hand from being wounded when the quiver is reversed in order to let the bunch of arrows drop out. - "Wanderings in South America", Charles Waterton.