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.