Pronunciation: (u-krôs', u-kros'),[key] —prep. 1. from one side to the other of: a bridge across a river. 2. on or to the other side of; beyond: across the sea. 3. into contact with; into the presence of, usually by accident: to come across an old friend; to run across a first edition of Byron. 4. crosswise of or transversely to the length of something; athwart: coats across the bed; straddled across the boundary line.
—adv. 1. from one side to another.
2. on the other side: We'll soon be across. 3. crosswise; transversely: with arms across. 4. so as to be understood or learned: He couldn't get the idea across to the class. 5. into a desired or successful state: to put a business deal across.
—adj. being in a crossed or transverse position; crosswise: an across pattern of supporting beams.