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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. 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. Horizontally.
  • n. A clue whose solution runs horizontally in the grid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. From side to side; crosswise.
  • adv. Obliquely; athwart; amiss; awry.
  • prep. From side to side; athwart; crosswise, or in a direction opposed to the length; quite over.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. to the opposite side
  • adv. transversely

Etymologies

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)
Middle English acros, from a-croiz, from Anglo-Norman an ("on") + Old French croiz ("in the form of a cross"), from Latin crux (Wiktionary)

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