meaning of across

across meaning in General Dictionary

back and forth crosswise as with arms folded across

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  • From side to side athwart crosswise or in a direction in opposition to the length very over as a bridge set across a river
  • to the opposite side
  • transversely
  • laterally; athwart; crosswise, or perhaps in a direction against the exact distance; rather more than; as, a bridge laid across a river.
  • laterally; crosswise; because, with arms folded across.
  • Obliquely; athwart; amiss; awry.

across meaning in Etymology Dictionary

very early 14c., acros, earlier a-croiz (c.1300), from Anglo-French an cros "in a crossed place," virtually "on cross" (see cross (letter.)). Prepositional meaning "from one part to some other" is first recorded 1590s; indicating "on another side (as a consequence of crossing)" is from 1750. Term across-the-board initially is from horse-racing, in mention of a bet of the same sum of money on a horse to win, location, or show.


across meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) laterally; athwart; crosswise, or perhaps in a direction against the exact distance; rather over; as, a bridge set across a river.

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  • (adv.) Back and forth; crosswise; as, with arms folded across.
  • (adv.) Obliquely; athwart; amiss; awry.

Sentence Examples with the word across

At this point a barrage is built across the river.

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