Across Definition

ə-krôs, ə-krŏs
preposition
On or to the other side of; over; through.
Webster's New World
So as to cross; through.
Drew lines across the paper.
American Heritage
From one side to the other of, or so as to cross.
Webster's New World
Into contact with.
Came across my old roommate.
American Heritage
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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adverb
From one side to the other.
Webster's New World
So as to cross; crosswise.
Webster's New World
On or to the other side.
Webster's New World
In such a manner as to be comprehensible, acceptable, or successful.
Put our idea across; get a message across.
American Heritage

In a particular direction.

He leaned across for a book.
Wiktionary
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adjective
Being in a crossed position.
Seated with arms across.
American Heritage
noun

(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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Other Word Forms of Across

Noun

Singular:
across
Plural:
acrosses

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

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