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across

Syllabification: a·cross
Pronunciation: /əˈkrôs
 
, əˈkräs
 
/

Definition of across in English:

preposition& adverb

1From one side to the other of (something).
1.1Expressing movement over a place or region: I ran across the street traveling across Europe [as adverb]: he had swum across
More example sentences
  • To travel across to the other side of the world with a woman I love, to meet up with a man I love?
  • With easterly winds often travelling across the industrial areas of Europe, the visibility can be quite poor.
  • The boy shrugged and walked across it to the side with the handle.
1.2Expressing position or orientation: they lived across the street from one another the bridge across the river [as adverb]: he looked across at me halfway across, Jenny jumped
More example sentences
  • The main attraction is the Storms River and the suspension bridge that stretches across its mouth.
  • He said the Flower Bridge should be built across a narrow stretch of water that was not so busy with river traffic.
  • I am not a celeb but as luck would have it, I have friends living across a wide geographical stretch.
1.3 [as adverb] Used with an expression of measurement: can grow to 4 feet across
More example sentences
  • The arrays will hold four dishes measuring approximately seven feet across.
  • It measured 670 feet across and depicted a chain of crescents around a central circle.
  • They were standing inside a large circle, probably measuring about one hundred feet across.
1.4 [as adverb] With reference to a crossword puzzle answer that reads horizontally: 19 across
More example sentences
  • (1 across) The perfect source of digital interactive television.

Origin

Middle English (as an adverb meaning 'in the form of a cross'): from Old French a croix, en croix 'in or on a cross', later regarded as being from a-2 + cross.

More
  • Early use was as an adverb meaning ‘in the form of a cross’; the word comes from Old French a croix, en croix ‘in or on a cross’.

Phrases

across from

1
Opposite: she sat across from me
More example sentences
  • The outlet is based at Friary Road in Naas just across from the motor tax office.
  • The site is located down a laneway beside the canal across from the Hazel hotel.
  • Matt watches her from across the way, since her window is exactly across from his.

across the board

2
Applying to all: the cutbacks might be across the board
More example sentences
  • This applies right across the board, as people are keen to find out news from home or find out information on an area.
  • The problem here is coordination, and it's coordination across the board.
  • The side dishes and appetizers were okay, but uneven across the board.
US 2.1 (In horse racing) denoting a bet in which equal amounts are staked on the same horse to win, place, or show in a race.
Example sentences
  • The BBC, sensing a winner, cashed in all their espionage chips, and placed bets across the board.

Words that rhyme with across

boss, Bros, cos, cross, crosse, doss, dross, emboss, en brosse, floss, fosse, gloss, Goss, joss, Kos, lacrosse, loss, moss, MS-DOS, Ross, toss

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