Term search

The term search is the standard search in crossTerm Manager. It enables the search for terms.

First, select the language direction in which you would like to search for terms. Subsequently, you can limit the search by selecting filters. In addition, you can select that only entries are to be searched for

  • for which terms exist in the source language and in the target language,
  • for which terms exist exclusively in the target language, or
  • for which no terms exist in the target language.

Then enter the term in the field and start the search by clicking the icn_cTeM_suche icon or by pressing Enter.


Across offers you the option of having all translations that are available in the different languages for a term displayed at a glance. To select this option, go to the crossTerm Manager and select a source language and select All languages as target language. Select a term (after you have started a search or selected a list of terms via the alphabet bar). The term will be displayed with all available translations.

Search Filters

To narrow down search queries, e.g. to limit the search to the terms of a particular subject, you can use search filters. To activate the search with search filters, select the desired filter from the corresponding drop-down list.

By default, Across provides a number of filters referred to as quick filters. You can use these by selecting the quick filters (icn_cTerm_quickfilter) from the drop-down list and then activating and adapting one or several quick filters in the Search options tab.

Additionally, user-defined filters and filter sets can be set up for search queries of a more complex or specific nature.

Using wildcards

The search in crossTerm supports the use of the placeholder *, which may stand for no character or any number of characters. Use of the wildcard * enables the input of only part of a search word in order to find word forms that begin or end with the entered word fragment. If, for example, you search for turn* in English, the system will return results like turning, turnabout, and turntable. If you search for *sk, you will get results like disk, task, and flask.

You can also place the wildcard e.g. at the beginning and the end of a character string to find all terms that contain this string somewhere in the word. For example, when you are searching for *sh*, you will find fashion and slash as well as wishing.

To search for the * character, insert a backslash in front of the character: \*. To search for the backslash, enter another backslash in front of it: \\


Across supports stemming in crossTerm searches. The word forms of a term, such as the plural forms are detected and are automatically traced to the respective basic form. If the term motor exists in crossTerm and you search for the plural form motors, or the text you are translating contains the plural form motors, crossTerm will find the term motor.

Searching for Terms with Superscripted/Subscripted Text

A special syntax is available for searching for terms containing superscripted or subscripted text: superscripted and subscripted text is introduced with a $ character. Subsequently, superscripted text is enclosed by two ^ signs (circumflex or caret sign). Subscripted text is enclosed by two _ signs (underscores).

  • Application Examples
  • Enter m$^2^ to search for the term m2.
  • Enter CO$_2_ to search for the term CO2.