# A hurricane can reach 500 kilometers <across>

#### mrxkms

##### Senior Member
What does across mean in the following text? and how does it function?

A hurricane can reach 500 kilometers across.

There are many meanings for across,but I couldn't choose which one fits this text best.

Thank you very much

##### Senior Member
The width of the hurricance. From one side of the hurricane to the other it measures 500 km across.

It's another way to say "the diameter"

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#### mrxkms

##### Senior Member
Does it mean the distance between the two sides of the hurricane?

##### Senior Member
Yes. Exactly that. Thats how far the hurricane spans.

#### mrxkms

##### Senior Member
So can a hurricane really reach 500 kilometers across? I can't imagine that?
500 kilometers is not a short distance for a hurricane.
Sorry for asking again but I want to make sure that I understood the text well

Is it like this?

A
___________ __ 500 Kilometers
__ ___ B

#### Parla

##### Member Emeritus
So can a hurricane really reach 500 kilometers across? I can't imagine that?
500 kilometers is not a short distance for a hurricane.
Sorry for asking again but I want to make sure that I understood the text well

Is it like this?

A
___________ __ 500 Kilometers
__ ___ B

Yes.

#### George French

##### Senior Member
So can a hurricane really reach 500 kilometers across? I can't imagine that?
500 kilometers is not a short distance for a hurricane.
Sorry for asking again but I want to make sure that I understood the text well

Is it like this?

A ___________ __ 500 Kilometers __ ___ B
Try this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricain#Size a big one is more than 1100 miles across..

GF..

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