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Across

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Acro'ss. adv. [from a for at, or the French à, as it is used in à travers, and cross.] Athwart, laid over something so as to cross it.

The harp hath the concave not along the strings, but across the strings; and no harp hath the sound so melting and prolonged as the Irish harp. Bacon's Natural History. № 225.

This view'd, but not enjoy'd, with arms across,
He stood, reflecting on his country's loss.
Dryd. Fables.

There is a set of artisans, who, by the help of several poles, which they lay across each others shoulders, build themselves up into a kind of pyramid; so that you see a pile of men in the air of four or five rows rising one above another. Addis. on Italy.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788)

Attributes: Adverb (147) · French (385)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Across." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 1, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=13314.


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