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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • preposition On, at, or from the other side of.
  • preposition So as to cross; through.
  • preposition From one side of to the other.
  • preposition Into contact with.
  • adverb From one side to the other.
  • adverb On or to the opposite side.
  • adverb Crosswise; crossed.
  • adverb In such a manner as to be comprehensible, acceptable, or successful.
  • adjective Being in a crossed position.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • preposition From side to side; athwart; crosswise, or in a direction opposed to the length; quite over.
  • preposition to come upon or meet incidentally.
  • preposition to go by a direct course across a region without following the roads.
  • adverb From side to side; crosswise.
  • adverb obsolete Obliquely; athwart; amiss; awry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • preposition To, toward, or from the far side of (something that lies between two points of interest).
  • preposition On the opposite side of (something that lies between two points of interest).
  • preposition southern US, African American Vernacular On the opposite side, relative to something that lies between, from (a point of interest).
  • preposition From one side to the other within (a space being traversed).
  • preposition At or near the far end of (a space).
  • preposition Spanning.
  • preposition Throughout,
  • preposition So as to intersect or pass through or over at an angle.
  • adverb From one side to the other.
  • adverb On the other side.
  • adverb In a particular direction.
  • adverb crosswords Horizontally.
  • noun crosswords A clue whose solution runs horizontally in the grid.

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

  • adverb to the opposite side
  • adverb transversely

Etymologies

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

[Middle English acrois, from Anglo-Norman an croiz : an, in (from Latin in; see in–) + croiz, cross (from Latin crux; see cross).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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