What does across mean?

Definitions for across
əˈkrɔs, əˈkrɒsacross

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word across.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. across(adverb)

    to the opposite side

    "the football field was 300 feet across"

  2. across, crosswise, crossways(adverb)


    "the marble slabs were cut across"


  1. across(Noun)

    A clue whose solution runs horizontally in the grid.

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

  2. across(Adverb)

    From one side to the other.

  3. across(Adverb)

    On the other side.

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

  4. across(Adverb)

    In a particular direction.

    He leaned across for a book.

  5. across(Adverb)


    I got stuck on 4 across.

  6. across(Preposition)

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

  7. across(Preposition)

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

    That store is across the street.

  8. across(Preposition)

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

  9. across(Preposition)

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

  10. across(Preposition)

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

  11. across(Preposition)


    This poetry speaks across the centuries.

  12. across(Preposition)


    All across the country, voters were communicating their representatives.

  13. across(Preposition)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Across(noun)

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

  2. Across(adverb)

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

  3. Across(adverb)

    obliquely; athwart; amiss; awry

  4. Origin: [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.]

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thomas Pynchon:

    A screaming comes across the sky

  2. Dawson Wilkie:

    The impacts are right across the board.

  3. Simon Cockerell:

    You can smell it across half of the city.

  4. Bret Baier:

    I think Fox has been fair across the board.

  5. Peter Thomas:

    It's essentially a wall across the environment.

Images & Illustrations of across

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Translations for across

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • عبرArabic
  • през, водоравно, оттатъкBulgarian
  • přes, vodorovněCzech
  • über, querGerman
  • κατακορύφως, καθέτως, αντίπερα, απέναντι, οριζόντιος, δια μέσου, κατά πλάτοςGreek
  • através, al otro lado de, atravesado, a travésSpanish
  • toisella puolella, kohti, ristiin, poikittain, halki, poikki, yli, vaakasuoraanFinnish
  • dwersWestern Frisian
  • sallIrish
  • thairis, thar, tarsainn air, thairis air, tarsainnScottish Gaelic
  • միջով, մի կողմից մյուսը, մյուս կողմում, վրայով, խաչաձեւ, դիմացը, մյուս կողմըArmenian
  • 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 hev re, di ser ... re, di ... re, li aliyê din yêKurdish
  • попреку, пре́куMacedonian
  • zijdelings, overheen, tegenover, horizontaalDutch
  • perpendicularmente, [[em]] [[horizontal]], [[do]] [[outro]] [[lado]] [[de]], atravésPortuguese
  • dincolo, peste, de-a curmezișul, dincolo de, trans-, în curmeziș, orizontal, pe cealaltă parte, prin, transversalRomanian
  • че́рез, поперёк, сквозьRussian
  • cezSlovak
  • prek, čez, vodoravnoSlovene
  • över, genom, vågrätt, horisontellt, tvärs överSwedish
  • ఆవల, అవతలTelugu

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