[ uh-kraws, uh-kros ]
/ əˈkrɔs, əˈkrɒs /




being in a crossed or transverse position; crosswise: an across pattern of supporting beams.

Nearby words

  1. acrosomal granule,
  2. acrosomal vesicle,
  3. acrosome,
  4. acrospire,
  5. acrospore,
  6. across the board,
  7. across-the-board,
  8. acrostic,
  9. acroter,
  10. acroterion

Origin of across

First recorded in 1470–80; a-1 + cross Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for across

British Dictionary definitions for across


/ (əˈkrɒs) /


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 for across

C13: on croice, acros, from Old French a croix crosswise

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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with across


In addition to the idiom beginning with across

  • across the board

also see:

  • come across
  • cut across
  • get across
  • put across
  • run across
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