across


across
[[t]əkrɒ̱s, AM əkrɔ͟ːs[/t]]
(In addition to the uses shown below, across is used in phrasal verbs such as `come across', `get across', and `put across'.)
1) PREP If someone or something goes across a place or a boundary, they go from one side of it to the other.

She walked across the floor and lay down on the bed...

He watched Karl run across the street to Tommy.

...an expedition across Africa.

ADV: ADV after v
Across is also an adverb.

Richard stood up and walked across to the window.

2) PREP If something is situated or stretched across something else, it is situated or stretched from one side of it to the other.

...the floating bridge across Lake Washington in Seattle...

He scrawled his name across the bill...

Lucy had strung a banner across the wall saying `Welcome Home Daddy'.

ADV: ADV after v
Across is also an adverb.

Trim toenails straight across using nail clippers.

3) PREP If something is lying across an object or place, it is resting on it and partly covering it.

She found her clothes lying across the chair...

The wind pushed his hair across his face.

Syn:
4) PREP Something that is across something such as a street, river, or area is on the other side of it.

Anyone from the houses across the road could see him...

When I saw you across the room I knew I'd met you before.

ADV: ADV after v, usu ADV from n
Across is also an adverb.

They parked across from the Castro Theatre... He pulled up a chair and sat down across from Michael.

5) ADV: ADV after v, oft ADV prep If you look across at a place, person, or thing, you look towards them.

He glanced across at his sleeping wife...

She rose from the chair and gazed across at him.

...breathtaking views across to the hills.

6) PREP You use across to say that a particular expression is shown on someone's face.

An enormous grin spread across his face...

For a moment a shadow seemed to pass across Roy's face.

Syn:
7) PREP If someone hits you across the face or head, they hit you on that part.

Graham hit him across the face with the gun, then pushed him against the wall.

8) PREP When something happens across a place or organization, it happens equally everywhere within it.

The film `Hook' opens across America on December 11...

Thousands of farmers from across Europe have held a huge demonstration in the centre of Brussels...

2,000 workers across all state agencies are to be fired by March 31st.

9) PREP When something happens across a political, religious, or social barrier, it involves people in different groups.
across the boardsee board

...parties competing across the political spectrum...

We want to promote cosmetics that appeal across the colour barrier.

10) ADV: amount ADV Across is used in measurements to show the width of something.

This hand-decorated plate measures 30cm across and costs ₤11.50...

The snails are no larger than one centimetre across.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • across — across, crosswise, crossways, athwart are synonymous when they mean so as to intersect the length of something. Across and athwart may be used as prepositions as well as adverbs but carry the same implications in either part of speech. Across… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Across — A*cross (#; 115), prep. [Pref. a + cross: cf. F. en croix. See Cross, n.] From side to side; athwart; crosswise, or in a direction opposed to the length; quite over; as, a bridge laid across a river. Dryden. [1913 Webster] {To come across}, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Across — A*cross , adv. 1. From side to side; crosswise; as, with arms folded across. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Obliquely; athwart; amiss; awry. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The squint eyed Pharisees look across at all the actions of Christ. Bp. Hall. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Across — may refer to: *Across variable *ACROSS, a fictional secret organization which is the subject of the manga and anime series Excel Saga * Action SuperCross (1997), a 2D motorbike simulation game by Balázs Rózsa, prequel to Elasto Mania …   Wikipedia

  • Across — Across, palabra inglesa que significa a través de, puede hacer referencia a: el Proyecto ACROSS, proyecto de I+D+i; o Across the Universe, canción de los Beatles. Esta página de desambiguación cataloga artículos relacionados con el mismo título.… …   Wikipedia Español

  • across — ► PREPOSITION & ADVERB ▪ from one side to the other of (something). ● across the board Cf. ↑across the board ORIGIN from Old French a croix, en croix in or on a cross …   English terms dictionary

  • across — [ə krôs′, ə kräs′] adv. [ME acros < a , on, in + cros, cross, after Anglo Fr an croix] 1. so as to cross; crosswise 2. from one side to the other 3. on or to the other side prep. 1. from one side to the other of, or so as to cross 2. on or to …   English World dictionary

  • across — (adv.) early 14c., acros, earlier a croiz (c.1300), from Anglo French an cros in a crossed position, lit. on cross (see CROSS (Cf. cross) (n.)). Prepositional meaning from one side to another is first recorded 1590s; meaning on the other side (as …   Etymology dictionary

  • across — [prep] traversing a space, side to side athwart, beyond, cross, crossed, crosswise, opposite, over, transversely; concept 581 …   New thesaurus

  • across — 1 preposition 1 going, looking etc from one side of a space, area, or line to the other side: flying across the Atlantic | We gazed across the valley. | Would you like me to help you across the road? (=help you to cross it) 2 reaching or… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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