Definition of across in English:

across

Pronunciation /əˈkräs//əˈkrôs/

preposition & adverb

  • 1From one side to the other of (something)

    1. 1.1 Expressing movement over a place or region.
      ‘I ran across the street’
      ‘traveling across Europe’
      [as adverb] ‘he had swum across’
      • ‘Like a little boy being led across a busy street by his mother, we will guide you.’
      • ‘The two got together, and when Jim returned to the Bolton area, Maureen moved across the Pennines to join him.’
      • ‘A conventional bomb could then be used to spread radioactive particles across a densely populated area.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, when we reached half way across the bridge a middle-aged man was speeding up behind us.’
      • ‘With easterly winds often travelling across the industrial areas of Europe, the visibility can be quite poor.’
      • ‘She didn't even try to swim, but the waves of the lake carried her across to the other side.’
      • ‘Leading me back across the hall he turns to roar approval as his PR man taps some panelling to prove that it is not real marble.’
      • ‘His shot across the penalty area after good work by Neal Ardley lacked the power to trouble Paddy Kenny.’
      • ‘Ramblers celebrated the launch of new right to roam laws by taking a stroll across former no-go areas all over the north west.’
      • ‘When he returned an intelligent ball back across the six-yard area, Thompson slid in to bundle it over the line.’
      • ‘The boy shrugged and walked across it to the side with the handle.’
      • ‘Two young boys were playing football indiscriminately across the area with a plastic bottle.’
      • ‘To travel across to the other side of the world with a woman I love, to meet up with a man I love?’
      • ‘Police believe that as she was driving out of the forecourt, she failed to negotiate the bend and drove across the grass area.’
      • ‘So as not to spoil it I've hidden the text as white though, so if you want to see it you need to drag your mouse across the blank looking area below.’
      • ‘Eight minutes later, he hit a neat pass across the penalty area before Todorov slipped the ball past Friedel.’
      • ‘Then in injury time, Miller's searching header back across a crowded area wreaked momentary havoc.’
      • ‘Pieces of the aircraft were strewn across a vast area.’
      • ‘A lot of glass flew across the classroom and some of the children were quite alarmed.’
      • ‘American troops spread out across the area yesterday to investigate what had happened and question witnesses.’
      to the other side of, from one side of ... to the other, over, throughout the expanse of, throughout the width of, covering, everywhere on, on all parts of
      to the other side of, from one side of ... to the other, over, throughout the expanse of, throughout the width of, covering, everywhere on, on all parts of
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    2. 1.2 Expressing 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’
      • ‘It justifies a larger space and needs some benevolent soul to offer a venue and find the time to liaise with art teachers across the area.’
      • ‘Dozens more were at risk of collapsing as heavy rains continued across the area, authorities said.’
      • ‘Scot runs an athletics club whose members train on the school's playing field for junior school pupils from across the area.’
      • ‘The main attraction is the Storms River and the suspension bridge that stretches across its mouth.’
      • ‘A new pedestrian bridge across the Cross river has just been completed by Mayo County Council.’
      • ‘Figures released this week provide an average house price across all of this area of £98,000.’
      • ‘Business, community groups and individuals across the area took part in last month's Macmillan event.’
      • ‘For more than 20 years the estate - and many like it across the area - was neglected.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He could feel Tyna lift her head up from her awkward position across her shoulder.’
      • ‘In many ways the local authority has its hands tied and is in the same unenviable position as councils across the country.’
      • ‘Attacks on buses are being logged, and police are involved in operations across the area aimed at clamping down on the thugs.’
      • ‘This led to flooding across many areas of agricultural land, leaving potato crops in ruin.’
      • ‘Mr Howard has effectively written off the party's chances of winning seats in urban areas across the north of England.’
      • ‘In this way it hopes to boost living standards across a broad swathe of poor rural society.’
      • ‘He had a gold earring in his right ear, and a tiny scar across the bridge of his nose.’
      • ‘Coun Powell said people living across the river from the gypsy camp had complained of being kept awake by noise from generators.’
      • ‘To the east the magnificent new bridge stretches across the Oresund Sea to Malmo in Sweden.’
      • ‘Out of the corner of my eye I can see CCTV's main camera lock on to my position from across the road.’
      on the other side of, over, beyond, past
      on the other side of, over, beyond, past
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    3. 1.3[as adverb] Used with an expression of measurement.
      ‘can grow to 4 feet across’
      • ‘At about three feet in height and two feet across, it fits into the garden almost anywhere.’
      • ‘A high resolution camera will also sweep the surface, resolving details as small as two metres across.’
      • ‘The other is lighter in colour, oval, about two feet across and has two indentations ground into its centre.’
      • ‘He proposes to build a stone cairn six or seven feet high and 12 to 14 feet across, either inside the fold or next to it.’
      • ‘It measured 670 feet across and depicted a chain of crescents around a central circle.’
      • ‘In my memory the selected shell was about a foot across and 6 inches deep, the oyster inside a monster of the deep.’
      • ‘The arrays will hold four dishes measuring approximately seven feet across.’
      • ‘There was a gouge three foot across where the anchor had been winched up, ripping corals out with it.’
      • ‘Could a bird that is said to be 20 metres across be able to escape detection for so long?’
      • ‘But those pincers could grow three or four times as big, on the end of arms five feet long, and bodies nine feet across.’
      • ‘Mr Mitchell said it was the ideal place to hold his first exhibition, which features paintings up to ten feet across.’
      • ‘Douglas designed two reflection pools, about half a metre across and made of slate.’
      • ‘Think of us as a bullseye the size of a quarter in the middle of a target 11 feet across.’
      • ‘In fact, there was so much food that special tables were made for the occasion, about two metres across.’
      • ‘The hole was about eighteen feet across and lay just over the rim of a low hill that rose in a long gentle slope from the side of our farm.’
      • ‘They were standing inside a large circle, probably measuring about one hundred feet across.’
      • ‘The set was dominated by a grid of windmills, each a metre across.’
      • ‘It was about fifteen feet high, and fifteen feet across, in the shape of a huge block.’
      • ‘Young men in white shirts and red sashes grasped each other round the shoulders to form a ring fifteen feet across.’
      • ‘Once in a while, the funnel of air drops from the sky - it can be as narrow as a few metres across or as wide as two kilometres.’
    4. 1.4[as adverb] With reference to a crossword puzzle answer that reads horizontally.
      ‘19 across’
      • ‘(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- + cross.

Pronunciation

across

/əˈkräs//əˈkrôs/