- from one side to the other of: a bridge across a river.
- on or to the other side of; beyond: across the sea.
- into contact with; into the presence of, usually by accident: to come across an old friend; to run across a first edition of Byron.
- crosswise of or transversely to the length of something; athwart: coats across the bed; straddled across the boundary line.
- from one side to another.
- on the other side: We'll soon be across.
- crosswise; transversely: with arms across.
- so as to be understood or learned: He couldn't get the idea across to the class.
- into a desired or successful state: to put a business deal across.
- being in a crossed or transverse position; crosswise: an across pattern of supporting beams.
Origin of across
Examples from the Web for across
The wives have been traveling for years across the globe to bring attention to the case.Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker: The Strange Tale of the Cuban Five
December 28, 2014
They were across the street from a fire station, close enough for his daughter to yell for help.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
How do you find the materials, and how do you manage to get them across New York to the sites?#Setinthestreet: Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project
December 24, 2014
And this is a poll, remember, not of Latinos, or of Cuban-Americans across the country.Rubio’s Embargo Anger Plays to the Past
December 19, 2014
In the past, union officials have appeared at numerous peaceful protests in New York and across the country.The High-Priced Union Rep Charged With Attacking a Cop
December 19, 2014
Just across the way, there lived a farmer who had a young daughter.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
A mile, across fields, intervened between me and the coach-office.
"Up the Main Street, and across the drawbridge," said the soldier, goodnaturedly.
We'll put it across that corner, and have the couch against that wall.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
You been seein' that squirrel that's been runnin' across the clearin'?Way of the Lawless
- from one side to the other side of
- on or at the other side of
- so as to transcend boundaries or barrierspeople united across borders by religion and history; the study of linguistics across cultures
- fully informed about; dealing withwe are across this problem
- from one side to the other
- on or to the other side
Word Origin and History for across
early 14c., acros, earlier a-croiz (c.1300), from Anglo-French an cros "in a crossed position," literally "on cross" (see cross (n.)). Prepositional meaning "from one side to another" is first recorded 1590s; meaning "on the other side (as a result of crossing)" is from 1750. Phrase across the board originally is from horse-racing, in reference to a bet of the same amount of money on a horse to win, place, or show.
Idioms and Phrases with across
In addition to the idiom beginning with across
- across the board
- come across
- cut across
- get across
- put across
- run across