noughts and crosses

 British name for tic-tac-toe.

Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors. 2013.

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  • noughts and crosses — ► noughts and crosses a game in which two players seek to complete a row of either three noughts or three crosses drawn alternately in the spaces of a grid of nine squares. Main Entry: ↑nought …   English terms dictionary

  • noughts and crosses — n [U] BrE a game in which two players write 0 or X in a pattern of nine squares, trying to win with a row of three 0s or three Xs American Equivalent: tick tack toe …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • noughts and crosses — noun uncount BRITISH the game of TICK TACK TOE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • noughts and crosses — noun a game in which two players alternately put crosses and circles in one of the compartments of a square grid of nine spaces; the object is to get a row of three crosses or three circles before the opponent does • Syn: ↑ticktacktoe,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • noughts-and-crosses — /nɔts ən ˈkrɒsəz/ (say nawts uhn krosuhz) plural noun (construed as singular) a commonly played children s game in which two players set down alternately, in the nine compartments of a figure made of crossed lines, the one a cross, and the other… …   Australian English dictionary

  • noughts and crosses — plural noun Brit. a game in which two players seek to complete a row of either three noughts or three crosses drawn alternately in the spaces of a grid of nine squares …   English new terms dictionary

  • noughts and crosses — (British) tic tac toe, X s and O s …   English contemporary dictionary

  • noughts-and-crosses — /nawts euhn kraw siz, kros iz/, n. (used with a sing. v.) Brit. tick tack toe (def. 1). [1890 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • noughts and crosses — noun A two player game played on a three by three grid, in which players take it in turns to play their respective symbol (either a nought or a cross) in a cell of the grid, the objective being to form a row, column or diagonal of three of ones… …   Wiktionary

  • noughts and crosses — noun (U) BrE a game in which two players write 0 or X in a pattern of nine squares, trying to win with a row of three 0s or three Xs; tick­tack­toe AmE noun noun (C) a word or group of words that represent a person (such as Michael or teacher or… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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