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Meaning of across by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English acros, from a-croiz, from Anglo-Norman an ( “on” ) + Old French croiz ( “in the form of a cross” ), from Latin crux


    • ( UK ) enPR: ə-krŏs, IPA: /əˈkrɒs/, SAMPA: /@"krQs/
    • ( US ) enPR: ə-krôs, IPA: /əˈkrɔs/, /əˈkrɑs/, SAMPA: /@"krOs/
    • ( cot–caught merger, northern cities vowel shift ) IPA: /əˈkrɑs/
    • Rhymes: -ɒs, -ɔːs
    • Hyphenation: a‧cross



    1. To, toward, or from the far side of ( something that lies between two points of interest ) .
      We rowed across the river .
      Fortunately, there was a bridge across the river .
      He came across the street to meet me .
    2. On the opposite side of ( something that lies between two points of interest ) .
      That store is across the street .
    3. ( Southern US, African US Vernacular ) On the opposite side, relative to something that lies between, from ( a point of interest ).
    4. From one side to the other within ( a space being traversed ) .
      The meteor streaked across the sky
      He walked across the room .
      Could you slide that across the table to me, please?
    5. At or near the far end of ( a space ).
    6. Spanning .
      This poetry speaks across the centuries .
    7. Throughout,
      All across the country, voters were communicating their representatives .
    8. So as to intersect or pass through or over at an angle .
      Lay the top stick across the bottom one .
      She had straps fastened across the conduit every six feet .

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    across ( not comparable )

    1. From one side to the other .
      She helped the blind man across .
      The river is half a mile across .
    2. On the other side .
      If we sail off at noon, when will we be across? .
    3. In a particular direction .
      He leaned across for a book .
    4. ( crosswords ) Horizontally .
      I got stuck on 4 across .


    across ( plural: acrosses )

    1. ( crosswords ) A clue whose solution runs horizontally in the grid .
      I solved all of the acrosses, but then got stuck on 3 down .


    • frequency based on Project Gutenberg corpus">Most common English words before 1923: ought · written · arms · #445: across · answer · early · saying

    External links

    • across in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • across in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • across at OneLook Dictionary Search

Explanation of across by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. transversely

    2. the marble slabs were cut across
    3. to the opposite side

    4. the football field was 300 feet across

    Definition of across by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Across ( #; 115 ), prep. [Pref. a- + cross: cf. F. en croix. See Cross, n.] From side to side; athwart; crosswise, or in a direction opposed to the length; quite over; as, “a bridge laid across a river”. Dryden.

      To come across, to come upon or meet incidentally. Freeman. -- To go across the country, to go by a direct course across a region without following the roads.

    2. Across, adv.
      1. From side to side; crosswise; as, “with arms folded across”. Shak.

      2. Obliquely; athwart; amiss; awry. [Obs.]

      The squint-eyed Pharisees look across at all the actions of Christ. Bp. Hall.