What does across mean?

Definitions for across
əˈkrɔs, əˈkrɒsacross

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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.

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  

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. Kimberly Erusha:

    This tool is not completely available to the public as of yet, this summer, we have been field testing it with 39 different golf courses across the U.S to build up the content in the data base.

  2. Ashish Sharma:

    There has not been much demand for growth capital as economic activity across the region has been modest to weak.

  3. Steve Daines:

    We are at a pivotal time in our great nations history, we have shown the world time and time again the genius of American ingenuity and the grit of American determination. However, a radical, socialist, far-left movement is growing across this country. And it has taken root as the new voice of the Democratic Party.

  4. Barack Obama:

    That changes you. You're not the same after that, we've got kids all across this country who never see a park. We've got to change that.

  5. Maros Sefcovic:

    I realize it's a long and difficult process, i will do everything to get the support of social democrat parties across the EU.

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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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    the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
    • A. tingle
    • B. crate
    • C. wavering
    • D. ternion

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