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Cross (preposition)

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Cross. prep.

  1. A-thwart; so as to intersect any thing.

    They were advertised, that the enemy had, in the woods before them, whereby they were to pass, cut down great trees cross the ways, so that their horse could not possibly pass that way. Knolles's History of the Turks.

    Betwixt the midst and these, the gods assign'd
    Two habitable seats of human kind;
    And cross their limits cut a sloaping way,
    Which the twelve signs in a beauteous order sway.
    Dryd. Virg.

    Cross his back, as in triumphant scorn,
    The hope and pillar of the house was born.
    Dryd. Fables.

  2. Over; from side to side.

    A fox was taking a walk one night cross a village. L'Estran.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Knolles, Richard (44) · L'Estrange, Roger (131)

Attributes: Preposition (8)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Cross (preposition)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 15, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=18389.


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