What does Across mean?

Definitions for Across
əˈkrɔs, əˈkrɒsacross

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Across.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. acrossadverb

    to the opposite side

    "the football field was 300 feet across"

  2. across, crosswise, crosswaysadverb


    "the marble slabs were cut across"


  1. acrossnoun

    A clue whose solution runs horizontally in the grid.

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

  2. acrossadverb

    From one side to the other.

  3. acrossadverb

    On the other side.

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

  4. acrossadverb

    In a particular direction.

    He leaned across for a book.

  5. acrossadverb


    I got stuck on 4 across.

  6. acrosspreposition

    To, toward or from the far side of (something that lies between two points of interest).

  7. acrosspreposition

    On the opposite side of (something that lies between two points of interest).

    That store is across the street.

  8. acrosspreposition

    On the opposite side, relative to something that lies between, from (a point of interest).

  9. acrosspreposition

    From one side to the other within (a space being traversed).

  10. acrosspreposition

    At or near the far end of (a space).

  11. acrosspreposition


    This poetry speaks across the centuries.

  12. acrosspreposition


    All across the country, voters were communicating their representatives.

  13. acrosspreposition

    So as to intersect or pass through or over at an angle.

  14. Etymology: from a-croiz, from an + croiz, from crux

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Acrossadverb

    Athwart, laid over something so as to cross it.

    Etymology: from a for at, or the French à, as it is used in à travers, and cross.

    The harp hath the concave not along the strings, but across the strings; and no harp hath the sound so melting and prolonged as the Irish harp. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 223.

    This view’d, but not enjoy’d, with arms across,
    He stood, reflecting on his country’s loss. John Dryden, Fables.

    There is a set of artisans, who, by the help of several poles, which they lay across each others shoulders, build themselves up into a kind of pyramid; so that you see a pile of men in the air of four or five rows rising one above another. Joseph Addison, on Italy.


  1. across

    Across is a preposition that indicates movement, placement, or action from one side or location to the other side or location of something. It can also refer to covering or spanning a certain distance or area. In a figurative sense, across can indicate a comparison or contrast between different groups or categories.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Acrossnoun

    from side to side; athwart; crosswise, or in a direction opposed to the length; quite over; as, a bridge laid across a river

  2. Acrossadverb

    from side to side; crosswise; as, with arms folded across

  3. Acrossadverb

    obliquely; athwart; amiss; awry

  4. Etymology: [Pref. a- + cross: cf. F. en croix. See Cross, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Across

    a-kros′, prep. or adv. crosswise: from side to side. [Prep. a, and Cross.]

Editors Contribution

  1. across

    In a specific direction.

    We went across the road to our Aunt's house to see her new baby.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 11, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. Across

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Across' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #428

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Across' in Written Corpus Frequency: #507

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Across' in Adverbs Frequency: #226

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Across in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Across in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Across in a Sentence

  1. Michelle Manning:

    All of a sudden, Eric Schneiderman just slapped me, open-handed and with great force, across the face, landing the blow directly onto my ear, it was horrendous. It just came out of nowhere. My ear was ringing. I lost my balance and fell backward onto the bed. I sprang up, but at this point there was very little room between the bed and him.

  2. David Saperstein:

    Countries across the globe ... they see clearly the basic constitutional, institutional constraints against violations of religious freedom in the United States, and I think see clearly and believe deeply in America's promise to be a model about treating all people equally without regard to religion, that is clear and that is not tarnished by the statements here.

  3. Marlene Schwartz:

    We've been seeing this sort of gradual decrease (in sugary soda sales) on the order of like 1% in a year or 2% in a year across the country.

  4. Phionah Atuhebwe:

    COVID-19 death rates have increased across Africa, with the highest weekly rate( 6,343) to date reported during the week starting 19 July 2021, deaths increased by 89 %, from 13,242 to 24,987, in the last 28 days, when compared against statistics for the previous 28 days.

  5. Ryan Reith:

    Overall I don’t think Samsung having OLED across their portfolio will hurt Apple.

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Translations for Across

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  • عبرArabic
  • водоравно, през, оттатъкBulgarian
  • přes, vodorovněCzech
  • über, querGerman
  • κατά πλάτος, αντίπερα, απέναντι, οριζόντιος, καθέτως, κατακορύφως, δια μέσουGreek
  • al otro lado de, através, a través, atravesadoSpanish
  • ristiin, poikittain, kohti, poikki, halki, yli, vaakasuoraan, toisella puolellaFinnish
  • à traversFrench
  • dwersWestern Frisian
  • sallIrish
  • tarsainn, thairis air, tarsainn air, thar, thairisScottish Gaelic
  • भर मेंHindi
  • մյուս կողմը, վրայով, խաչաձեւ, միջով, մի կողմից մյուսը, դիմացը, մյուս կողմումArmenian
  • transInterlingua
  • di seberangIndonesian
  • attraverso, orizzontale, dall'altra parteItalian
  • על פניHebrew
  • 向こう側, 横切って, 向こうJapanese
  • កាត់Khmer
  • di ser ... re, li aliyê din yê, di ... re, di ser hev reKurdish
  • попреку, пре́куMacedonian
  • overheen, horizontaal, zijdelings, tegenoverDutch
  • [[do]] [[outro]] [[lado]] [[de]], perpendicularmente, [[em]] [[horizontal]], atravésPortuguese
  • trans-, dincolo, dincolo de, prin, transversal, de-a curmezișul, peste, pe cealaltă parte, orizontal, în curmezișRomanian
  • сквозь, че́рез, поперёкRussian
  • cezSlovak
  • prek, vodoravno, čezSlovene
  • vågrätt, tvärs över, horisontellt, över, genomSwedish
  • అవతల, ఆవలTelugu

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