across adv

Fr. encroix, in + cross.

  1. Draping over; in suspension upon.
  2. Communicating; transmitting a message; [word play on making the sign of the cross] possibly “a cross.”
  3. From one side to the other; [NW says: “as a bridge is laid across a river”.]

across prep

Fr. encroix.

  1. Moving over the surface of.
  2. Throughout; at a certain time in.
  3. In front of.
  4. Above; over.