(noun, adverb, preposition)


1. to the opposite side

- the football field was 300 feet across

2. transversely

- the marble slabs were cut across

Similar word(s): crossways, crosswise

Sentences with across as an adverb:

- she helped the blind man across;

- If we sail off at noon, when will we be across?

- He leaned across for a book.

- I got stuck on 4 across.


1. (crosswords) A clue whose solution runs horizontally in the grid.

- I solved all of the acrosses, but then got stuck on 3 down.


1. To, toward, or from the far side of (something that lies between two points of interest).

- 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 (something that lies between two points of interest).

- That store is across the street.

3. (Southern US, slang) On the opposite side, relative to something that lies between, from (a point of interest).

4. From one side to the other within (a space being traversed).

- The meteor streaked across the sky.

- He walked across the room.

- Could you slide that across the table to me, please?

5. At or near the far end of (a space).

6. Spanning.

- This poetry speaks across the centuries.

7. Throughout.

- All across the country, voters were communicating their representatives.

8. So as to intersect or pass through or over at an angle.

- Lay the top stick across the bottom one.

- She had straps fastened across the conduit every six feet.