Across meaning

ə-krôs, ə-krŏs
Across is defined as from one side to the other.

Houses on opposite sides of the street is an example of across.

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On, at, or from the other side of.

Across the street.

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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.

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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.

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All across the country, voters were communicating their representatives.

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From one side of to the other.

A bridge across a river.

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Into contact with.

Came across my old roommate.

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From one side to the other.

The footbridge swayed when I ran across.

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On or to the opposite side.

We came across by ferry.

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So as to cross; through.

Drew lines across the paper.

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At or near the far end of (a space).
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This poetry speaks across the centuries.

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On the other side.

If we sail off at noon, when will we be across?

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In a particular direction.

He leaned across for a book.

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(crosswords) Horizontally.

I got stuck on 4 across.

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(crosswords) A clue whose solution runs horizontally in the grid.

I solved all of the acrosses, but then got stuck on 3 down.

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Crosswise; crossed.
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In such a manner as to be comprehensible, acceptable, or successful.

Put our idea across; get a message across.

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Being in a crossed position.

Seated with arms across.

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So as to cross; crosswise.
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From one side to the other.
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On or to the other side.
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From one side to the other of, or so as to cross.
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On or to the other side of; over; through.
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On the opposite side of (something that lies between two points of interest).

That store is across the street.

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(Southern US, African American Vernacular) On the opposite side, relative to something that lies between, from (a point of interest).
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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?

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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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From one side to the other.

She helped the blind man across; the river is half a mile across.

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Origin of across

  • Middle English acrois from Anglo-Norman an croiz an in (from Latin in in–2) croiz cross (from Latin crux cross)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary