American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- prep. On, at, or from the other side of: across the street.
- prep. So as to cross; through: drew lines across the paper.
- prep. From one side of to the other: a bridge across a river.
- prep. Into contact with: came across my old roommate.
- adv. From one side to the other: The footbridge swayed when I ran across.
- adv. On or to the opposite side: We came across by ferry.
- adv. Crosswise; crossed.
- adv. In such a manner as to be comprehensible, acceptable, or successful: put our idea across; get a message across.
- adj. Being in a crossed position: seated with arms across.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- From side to side; in a crossing or crossed manner; crosswise.
- From one side to another; transversely; in a transverse line: as, what is the distance across? I came across in a steamer.
- Adversely; contrarily: as, “things go across,” Mir. for Mags., p. 344
- From side to side of, as opposed to along, which is in the direction of the length; athwart; quite over: as, a bridge is laid across a river.
- Transverse to the length of; so as to intersect at any angle: as, a line passing across another.
- Beyond; on the other side of.
- prep. To, toward, or from the far side of (something that lies between two points of interest).
- prep. On the opposite side of (something that lies between two points of interest).
- prep. southern US, African American Vernacular On the opposite side, relative to something that lies between, from (a point of interest).
- prep. From one side to the other within (a space being traversed).
- prep. At or near the far end of (a space).
- prep. Spanning.
- prep. Throughout,
- prep. So as to intersect or pass through or over at an angle.
- adv. From one side to the other.
- adv. On the other side.
- adv. In a particular direction.
- adv. crosswords Horizontally.
- n. crosswords A clue whose solution runs horizontally in the grid.
GNU Webster's 1913
- prep. From side to side; athwart; crosswise, or in a direction opposed to the length; quite over.
- adv. From side to side; crosswise.
- adv. obsolete Obliquely; athwart; amiss; awry.
- adv. to the opposite side
- adv. transversely.
- Middle English acros, from a-croiz, from Anglo-Norman an ("on") + Old French croiz ("in the form of a cross"), from Latin crux (Wiktionary)
- Middle English acrois, from Anglo-Norman an croiz : an, in (from Latin in; see in-2) + croiz, cross (from Latin crux; see cross). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Because," Lovell hastened to say; "because she can't go across -- no, that wasn't right -- why -- ahem! why does a hen go _across_ the road, Miss”
“Romantic emails had been exchanged with Jane: Write your name across the sky.”
“I know you get asked this all the time but how do brands build a name across China?”
“I will rage into light, become a new star in the endless nothing, I will burn the gold of your name across the sleeping hours, and then I will let you go.”
“Mr. Jolly estimates he has sewn 12,000 mother-of-pearl buttons onto a single suit, some of which spell out his title across his back: the Pearly King of Crystal Palace.”
“He felt like he had chased a name across the open sea, and now he felt foolish and naked.”
“She wrote the title across the top of the page in large letters, then scrawled the words beneath, separating the lines as if the spell was a stanza of poetry.”
“Whispers carried his name across the arid Mojave Desert.”
“Not to anyone who would watch Willebrandt inscribe her name across the history of the 1920s.”
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