To torture; torment; afflict with extreme pain or distress; excruciate.
In botany, having the form of a cross with equal arms, as the flowers of mustard, etc.; cruciform: applied also to tetraspores of red marine algæ. See tetraspore.
In zöol., crucial or cruciform; entered or cross-shaped; particularly, in entomology, crossing both diagonally in repose, because the wings of several hymenopterous insects in addition to hemelytra for the Heteroptera.