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Crux definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CRUX, n. [L., a cross.] Any thing that puzzles and vexes. [Little used.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a small conspicuous constellation in the southern hemisphere in the Milky Way near Centaurus [syn: Southern Cross, Crux, Crux Australis]
2: the most important point [syn: crux, crux of the matter]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural cruxes; also cruces) Etymology: Latin cruc-, crux cross, torture Date: 1718 1. a puzzling or difficult problem ; an unsolved question 2. an essential point requiring resolution or resolving an outcome <the crux of the problem> 3. a main or central feature (as of an argument)

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. cruxes or cruces) 1 the decisive point at issue. 2 a difficult matter; a puzzle. Etymology: L, = cross

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Crux Crux (kr[u^]ks), n.; pl. E. Cruxes (-[e^]z), L. Cruces (kr[udd]"s[=e]z). [L., cross, torture, trouble.] Anything that is very puzzling or difficult to explain. --Dr. Sheridan. The perpetual crux of New Testament chronologists. --Strauss.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

The crux of a problem or argument is the most important or difficult part of it which affects everything else. He said the crux of the matter was economic policy. N-SING: the N, usu N of n

Moby Thesaurus

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