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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ACROSS', prep. akraus'. [a and cross. See Cross.]
1. From side to side, opposed to along, which is in the direction of the length; athwart; quite over; as, a bridge is laid across a river.
2. Intersecting; passing over at any angle; as a line passing across another.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: to the opposite side; "the football field was 300 feet across"
2: transversely; "the marble slabs were cut across" [syn: across, crosswise, crossways]

Merriam Webster's

I. adverb Etymology: Middle English acros, from Anglo-French an crois, from an in (from Latin in) + crois cross, from Latin crux Date: 14th century 1. in a position reaching from one side to the other ; crosswise 2. to or on the opposite side 3. so as to be understandable, acceptable, or successful <get an argument across> II. preposition Date: 1591 1. a. from one side to the opposite side of ; over, through <swam across the river> b. on the opposite side of <lives across the street from us> 2. so as to intersect or pass through at an angle <sawed across the grain of the wood> 3. so as to find or meet <came across your football in the hall closet> 4. a. throughout <obvious interest across the nation Robert Goralski> b. so as to include or take into consideration all classes or categories <across differences, they insist, there can be no rational dialogue Huston Smith> III. adjective Date: 1621 being in a crossed position

Oxford Reference Dictionary

prep. & adv. --prep. 1 to or on the other side of (walked across the road; lives across the river). 2 from one side to another side of (the cover stretched across the opening; a bridge across the river). 3 at or forming an angle (esp. a right angle) with (deep cuts across his legs). --adv. 1 to or on the other side (ran across; shall soon be across). 2 from one side to another (a blanket stretched across). 3 forming a cross (with cuts across). 4 (of a crossword clue or answer) read horizontally (cannot do nine across). Phrases and idioms: across the board general; generally; applying to all. Etymology: ME f. OF a croix, en croix, later regarded as f. A(2) + CROSS

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. To come across, to come upon or meet incidentally. --Freeman. To go across the country, to go by a direct course across a region without following the roads.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Across A*cross", adv. 1. From side to side; crosswise; as, with arms folded across. --Shak. 2. Obliquely; athwart; amiss; awry. [Obs.] The squint-eyed Pharisees look across at all the actions of Christ. --Bp. Hall.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English. Note: In addition to the uses shown below, 'across' is used in phrasal verbs such as 'come across', 'get across', and 'put across'. 1. If someone or something goes across a place or a boundary, they go from one side of it to the other. She walked across the floor and lay down on the bed... He watched Karl run across the street to Tommy. ...an expedition across Africa. PREP Across is also an adverb. Richard stood up and walked across to the window. ADV: ADV after v 2. If something is situated or stretched across something else, it is situated or stretched from one side of it to the other. ...the floating bridge across Lake Washington in Seattle... He scrawled his name across the bill... PREP Across is also an adverb. Trim toenails straight across using nail clippers. ADV: ADV after v 3. If something is lying across an object or place, it is resting on it and partly covering it. She found her clothes lying across the chair... The wind pushed his hair across his face. = over PREP 4. Something that is across something such as a street, river, or area is on the other side of it. Anyone from the houses across the road could see him... When I saw you across the room I knew I'd met you before. PREP Across is also an adverb. They parked across from the Castro Theatre... ADV: ADV after v, usu ADV from n 5. If you look across at a place, person, or thing, you look towards them. He glanced across at his sleeping wife... ...breathtaking views across to the hills. ADV: ADV after v, oft ADV prep 6. You use across to say that a particular expression is shown on someone's face. An enormous grin spread across his face... = over PREP 7. If someone hits you across the face or head, they hit you on that part. Graham hit him across the face with the gun. PREP 8. When something happens across a place or organization, it happens equally everywhere within it. The film 'Hook' opens across America on December 11... PREP 9. When something happens across a political, religious, or social barrier, it involves people in different groups. ...parties competing across the political spectrum... across the board: see board PREP 10. Across is used in measurements to show the width of something. This hand-decorated plate measures 30cm across... ADV: amount ADV

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

prep., ad. Athwart, over, from one side of to the other, thwart, transversely.

Moby Thesaurus

across the grain, against, astraddle, astride, athwart, athwartships, bendwise, beyond, bias, biased, biaswise, catercorner, catercornered, confronting, contrariwise, contrawise, crisscross, cross, cross-grained, crossway, crossways, crosswise, diagonal, facing, fronting, horseback, in front of, in opposition to, kittycorner, oblique, obliquely, on, on horseback, over against, overthwart, past, sideways, sidewise, slant, straddle, straddle-legged, straddleback, thwart, thwartly, thwartways, toward, transversal, transverse, transversely, traverse, versus


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