across[ə krôs′, ə kräs′]
A family walks across a bridge.
- The definition of across is on the other side or from the other side.
To walk over a bridge is an example of to walk across.
- Across is defined as from one side to the other.
Houses on opposite sides of the street is an example of across.
- so as to cross; crosswise
- from one side to the other
- on or to the other side
Origin of acrossMiddle English acros ; from a-, on, in + cros, cross, after Anglo-French an croix
- from one side to the other of, or so as to cross
- on or to the other side of; over; through
- On, at, or from the other side of: across the street.
- So as to cross; through: drew lines across the paper.
- From one side of to the other: a bridge across a river.
- Into contact with: came across my old roommate.
- From one side to the other: The footbridge swayed when I ran across.
- On or to the opposite side: We came across by ferry.
- Crosswise; crossed.
- In such a manner as to be comprehensible, acceptable, or successful: put our idea across; get a message across.
Origin of acrossMiddle English acrois, from Anglo-Norman an croiz : an, in (from Latin in; see in–2) + croiz, cross (from Latin crux; see Cross ).
- 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.
- On the opposite side of (something that lies between two points of interest).
- That store is across the street.
- (Southern US, African American Vernacular) On the opposite side, relative to something that lies between, from (a point of interest).
- 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?
- At or near the far end of (a space).
- This poetry speaks across the centuries.
- All across the country, voters were communicating their representatives.
- 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.