saint andrew's cross

saint andrew's cross
noun
Usage: usually capitalized S&A
Etymology: so called from the tradition that St. Andrew was crucified on a cross of this type
1.
a. : a figure of a cross having the form of two intersecting oblique bars : saltire 2
b. : such a figure extending to and cut off by the boundaries of the area on which it is depicted — used especially in describing flags; compare saltire 1

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an X-shaped cross. See illus. under cross.

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Saint Andrew's cross,
a cross shaped like the letter X. Also, St. Andrew's cross.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Saint Andrew's cross — Saint Saint (s[=a]nt), n. [F., fr. L. sanctus sacred, properly p. p. of sancire to render sacred by a religious act, to appoint as sacred; akin to sacer sacred. Cf. {Sacred}, {Sanctity}, {Sanctum}, {Sanctus}.] 1. A person sanctified; a holy or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Saint Andrew's cross — n. an X shaped cross: see CROSS, illus …   English World dictionary

  • Saint Andrew's Cross (BDSM) — The St. Andrew s Cross, Crux decussata, X cross or saltire cross, is a common sight in BDSM dungeons because of its practicality and ease of manufacture. It typically provides restraining points for ankles, wrists, and waist, and is usually… …   Wikipedia

  • Saint Andrew's cross — noun Etymology: Saint Andrew died about A.D. 60, apostle who, according to tradition, was crucified on a cross of this type Date: 1615 a figure of a cross that has the form of two intersecting oblique bars see cross illustration …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • saint-andrew's-cross — (|) ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷(ˌ) ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ noun Usage: usually capitalized S&A Etymology: St. Andrew s cross : a No. American and West Indian woody plant (Ascyrum hypericoides) with petals arranged as a St. Andrew s cross …   Useful english dictionary

  • Saint Andrew's Cross — Saint An′drew s Cross′ n. anX shaped cross …   From formal English to slang

  • Saint Andrew's Cross — an X shaped cross. See illus. under cross. * * * …   Universalium

  • Saint Andrew's cross — noun A figure of a cross that has a form of two intersecting oblique bars. Syn: saltire, crux decussata …   Wiktionary

  • Saint Andrew's Cross — noun a white X shaped cross on a blue background …  

  • Saint Anthony's cross — Saint Saint (s[=a]nt), n. [F., fr. L. sanctus sacred, properly p. p. of sancire to render sacred by a religious act, to appoint as sacred; akin to sacer sacred. Cf. {Sacred}, {Sanctity}, {Sanctum}, {Sanctus}.] 1. A person sanctified; a holy or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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