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across adj : placed crosswise; "spoken with a straight face but crossed fingers"; "crossed forks"; "seated with arms across" [syn: crossed] [ant: uncrossed] adv
1 to the opposite side; "the football field was 300 feet across"
2 in such a manner as to be understood and accepted; "she cannot get her ideas across" [syn: over]
3 transversely; "the marble slabs were cut across" [syn: crosswise, crossways]

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  • a UK , /əˈkrɒs/, /@"krQs/
  • a US , /əˈkrɔs/, /@"krOs/
  • Rhymes with: -ɒs
  • Rhymes with: -ɔːs
  • Hyphenation: a·cross


  1. To, toward or from the far side of
    We rowed across the river
    Fortunately, there was a bridge across the river
    He came across the street to meet me
  2. On the opposite side of
    That store is across the street
  3. From one side to the other
    The meteor streaked across the sky
  4. Bridging a gap
    This poetry speaks across the centuries
  5. Perpendicularly
    Lay the top stick across the bottom one
  6. Horizontally (in crosswords)
    I got stuck on 4 across.


from the far side
on the opposite side
from one side to another
bridging a gap

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