Noun Across Definition and Examples






preposition & adverb

From one side to the other of (a place, area, etc.)
  1. 'travelling across Europe'
  2. 'Unfortunately, when we reached half way across the bridge a middle-aged man was speeding up behind us.'
  3. 'Two young boys were playing football indiscriminately across the area with a plastic bottle.'
  4. 'She didn't even try to swim, but the waves of the lake carried her across to the other side.'
  5. 'American troops spread out across the area yesterday to investigate what had happened and question witnesses.'
  6. 'Then in injury time, Miller's searching header back across a crowded area wreaked momentary havoc.'
  7. 'A lot of glass flew across the classroom and some of the children were quite alarmed.'
  8. 'When he returned an intelligent ball back across the six-yard area, Thompson slid in to bundle it over the line.'
  9. 'Eight minutes later, he hit a neat pass across the penalty area before Todorov slipped the ball past Friedel.'
  10. '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.'
  11. 'The boy shrugged and walked across it to the side with the handle.'
  12. 'mounds some 30 metres across'
  13. 'There was a gouge three foot across where the anchor had been winched up, ripping corals out with it.'
  14. 'In my memory the selected shell was about a foot across and 6 inches deep, the oyster inside a monster of the deep.'
  15. 'The set was dominated by a grid of windmills, each a metre across.'
  16. 'The other is lighter in colour, oval, about two feet across and has two indentations ground into its centre.'
  17. 'They were standing inside a large circle, probably measuring about one hundred feet across.'
  18. 'But those pincers could grow three or four times as big, on the end of arms five feet long, and bodies nine feet across.'
  19. 'In fact, there was so much food that special tables were made for the occasion, about two metres across.'
  20. 'A high resolution camera will also sweep the surface, resolving details as small as two metres across.'
  21. '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.'
  22. '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.'
Expressing position or orientation.
  1. 'the bridge across the river'
  2. 'halfway across, Jenny jumped'
  3. 'He could feel Tyna lift her head up from her awkward position across her shoulder.'
  4. 'Figures released this week provide an average house price across all of this area of £98,000.'
  5. 'He had a gold earring in his right ear, and a tiny scar across the bridge of his nose.'
  6. 'For more than 20 years the estate - and many like it across the area - was neglected.'
  7. 'Out of the corner of my eye I can see CCTV's main camera lock on to my position from across the road.'
  8. 'Attacks on buses are being logged, and police are involved in operations across the area aimed at clamping down on the thugs.'
  9. 'He said the Flower Bridge should be built across a narrow stretch of water that was not so busy with river traffic.'
  10. 'In this way it hopes to boost living standards across a broad swathe of poor rural society.'
  11. '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.'
  12. 'A new pedestrian bridge across the Cross river has just been completed by Mayo County Council.'
Referring to a crossword answer which reads horizontally.
  1. '(1 across) The perfect source of digital interactive television.'
((n.) From side to side; athwart; crosswise, or in a direction opposed to the length; quite over; as, a bridge laid across a river.)


Jimmy tried to cajole his parents into letting him drive across the country with his friends.
Tom went across the street.
Can you swim across the river?
I ran across an old friend near the bank.
A banking scandal is sweeping across Capitol Hill.
A small road ran across the bridge, through the fields, and over a hill.
The church is just across the street.
The visitor sat across from me.
When I tried to move the desk, one of its legs made a jarring sound as it scraped across the floor.
The school is across from our house.
Far away across the sea lies the sunny land of Italy.
The flower shop is just across the street.
The mere idea of swimming across the river made me tremble.
As soon as I left home, I came across her in the street.
On my way home, I came across an old friend.
On her way home, Mary came across John.
I can see some people walking across the street.
I saw something very bright fly across the night sky.
The bookstore across from the station is very large.
Swimming across the lake almost finished me.

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.

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