across


across
a|cross
W1S1 [əˈkrɔs US əˈkro:s] adv, prep
[Date: 1200-1300; : Anglo-French; Origin: an crois 'in cross']
1.) from one side of something to the other
the first flight across the Atlantic
They ran straight across the road (=without stopping) .
There isn't a bridge. We'll have to swim across.
We'd got halfway across before Philip realized he'd left his money at home.
We gazed across the valley.
2.) towards someone or something on the other side of an area
There's Brendan. Why don't you go across and say hello?
across to/at
The referee looked across at his linesman before awarding the penalty.
He walked across to where I was sitting.
3.) used to say that something exists or reaches from one side of an area to the other
a deep crack across the ceiling
the only bridge across the river
Do you think this shirt is too tight across the shoulders?
Someone's parked right across the entrance to the driveway.
4.) on the opposite side of something
My best friend lives across the road.
He knew that just across the border lay freedom.
across (sth) from sb/sth
Across the street from where we're standing, you can see the old churchyard.
the woman sitting across from me (=opposite me) on the train
5.) in every part of a country, organization etc
a TV series that became popular across five continents
Teachers are expected to teach a range of subjects right across the curriculum.
6.) used to show how wide something is
10 feet/five metres etc across
At its widest point the river is 2 km across.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • across — across, crosswise, crossways, athwart are synonymous when they mean so as to intersect the length of something. Across and athwart may be used as prepositions as well as adverbs but carry the same implications in either part of speech. Across… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Across — A*cross (#; 115), prep. [Pref. a + cross: cf. F. en croix. See Cross, n.] From side to side; athwart; crosswise, or in a direction opposed to the length; quite over; as, a bridge laid across a river. Dryden. [1913 Webster] {To come across}, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Across — A*cross , adv. 1. From side to side; crosswise; as, with arms folded across. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Obliquely; athwart; amiss; awry. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The squint eyed Pharisees look across at all the actions of Christ. Bp. Hall. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Across — may refer to: *Across variable *ACROSS, a fictional secret organization which is the subject of the manga and anime series Excel Saga * Action SuperCross (1997), a 2D motorbike simulation game by Balázs Rózsa, prequel to Elasto Mania …   Wikipedia

  • Across — Across, palabra inglesa que significa a través de, puede hacer referencia a: el Proyecto ACROSS, proyecto de I+D+i; o Across the Universe, canción de los Beatles. Esta página de desambiguación cataloga artículos relacionados con el mismo título.… …   Wikipedia Español

  • across — ► PREPOSITION & ADVERB ▪ from one side to the other of (something). ● across the board Cf. ↑across the board ORIGIN from Old French a croix, en croix in or on a cross …   English terms dictionary

  • across — [ə krôs′, ə kräs′] adv. [ME acros < a , on, in + cros, cross, after Anglo Fr an croix] 1. so as to cross; crosswise 2. from one side to the other 3. on or to the other side prep. 1. from one side to the other of, or so as to cross 2. on or to …   English World dictionary

  • across — (adv.) early 14c., acros, earlier a croiz (c.1300), from Anglo French an cros in a crossed position, lit. on cross (see CROSS (Cf. cross) (n.)). Prepositional meaning from one side to another is first recorded 1590s; meaning on the other side (as …   Etymology dictionary

  • across — [prep] traversing a space, side to side athwart, beyond, cross, crossed, crosswise, opposite, over, transversely; concept 581 …   New thesaurus

  • across — [[t]əkrɒ̱s, AM əkrɔ͟ːs[/t]] ♦ (In addition to the uses shown below, across is used in phrasal verbs such as come across , get across , and put across .) 1) PREP If someone or something goes across a place or a boundary, they go from one side of… …   English dictionary

  • across — 1 preposition 1 going, looking etc from one side of a space, area, or line to the other side: flying across the Atlantic | We gazed across the valley. | Would you like me to help you across the road? (=help you to cross it) 2 reaching or… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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