Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A mark made by persons who are unable to write, to stand instead of a signature; usually made in the form of a Maltese cross. As an adjective, the word is applied to various demands and proceedings which are connected in subject-matter, but opposite or contradictory in purpose or object
    —Cross-action. An action brought by one who is defendant in a suit against the party who is plaintiff in such suit, upon a cause of action growing out of the same transaction which is there in controversy, whether it be a contract or tort.
    —Gross-demand. Where a person against whom a demand is made by another, in his turn makes a demand against that other, these mutual demands are called "cross-demands " A set-off is a familiar example. Musselman v. Galligher, 32 Iowa, 383.
    —Cross-errors. Errors being assigned by the respondent in a writ of error, the errors assigned on both sides are called "cross-errors." As to cross "Appeal," "Bill," "Complaint," "Examination," "Remainder," "Rules," see those titles. As to "crossed check," see Check,