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Throughout vs. Across

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  • Throughout (preposition)

    In every part of; all through.

  • Throughout (adverb)

    Completely through, right the way through.

  • Throughout (adverb)

    In every part; everywhere.

  • Throughout (adverb)

    During an entire period of time, the whole time.

  • Across (preposition)

    To, toward{{,}} or from the far side of (something that lies between two points of interest).

    "We rowed across the river."

    "Fortunately, there was a bridge across the river."

    "He came across the street to meet me."

  • Across (preposition)

    On the opposite side of (something that lies between two points of interest).

    "That store is across the street."

  • Across (preposition)

    across from: on the opposite side, relative to something that lies between, from (a point of interest).

  • Across (preposition)

    From one side to the other within (a space being traversed).

    "The meteor streaked across the sky."

    "He walked across the room."

    "Could you slide that across the table to me, please?"

  • Across (preposition)

    At or near the far end of (a space).

  • Across (preposition)

    Spanning.

    "This poetry speaks across the centuries."

  • Across (preposition)

    Throughout.

    "All across the country, voters were communicating their representatives."

  • Across (preposition)

    So as to intersect or pass through or over at an angle.

    "Lay the top stick across the bottom one."

    "She had straps fastened across the conduit every six feet."

  • Across (preposition)

    In possession of full, up-to-date information about; abreast of.

    "As a newspaper reporter, you should be across all these issues."

  • Across (adverb)

    From one side to the other.

    "she helped the blind man across;"

    "the river is half a mile across"

  • Across (adverb)

    On the other side.

    "If we sail off at noon, when will we be across?"

  • Across (adverb)

    In a particular direction.

    "He leaned across for a book."

  • Across (adverb)

    Horizontally.

    "I got stuck on 4 across."

  • Across (noun)

    A word that runs horizontally in the completed puzzle grid or its associated clue.

    "I solved all of the acrosses, but then got stuck on 3 down."

    "1 Bygone hangout for 64-Acrosses"

Wiktionary
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  • Throughout (preposition)

    Quite through; from one extremity to the other of; also, every part of; as, to search throughout the house.

  • Throughout (adverb)

    In every part; as, the cloth was of a piece throughout.

  • Across (preposition)

    From side to side; athwart; crosswise, or in a direction opposed to the length; quite over; as, a bridge laid across a river.

  • Across (adverb)

    From side to side; crosswise; as, with arms folded across.

  • Across (adverb)

    Obliquely; athwart; amiss; awry.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Throughout (adverb)

    from first to last;

    "the play was excellent end-to-end"

  • Throughout (adverb)

    used to refer to cited works

  • Across (adjective)

    placed crosswise;

    "spoken with a straight face but crossed fingers"

    "crossed forks"

    "seated with arms across"

  • Across (adverb)

    to the opposite side;

    "the football field was 300 feet across"

  • Across (adverb)

    in such a manner as to be understood and accepted;

    "she cannot get her ideas across"

  • Across (adverb)

    transversely;

    "the marble slabs were cut across"

Princeton's WordNet

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