Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Athwart'
Athwart Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
- at right angles to the center line of a ship
- at an oblique angle; "the sun shone aslant into his face"[syn: obliquely, aslant]
- Athwart \A*thwart"\, prep. [Pref. a- + thwart.]
- Across; from side to side of.Athwart the thicket lone. --Tennyson.
- (Naut.) Across the direction or course of; as, a fleetstanding athwart our course.Athwart hawse, across the stem of another vessel, whetherin contact or at a small distance.Athwart ships, across the ship from side to side, or inthat direction; -- opposed to fore and aft.
- Athwart \A*thwart"\, adv.
- Across, especially in an oblique direction; sidewise;obliquely.Sometimes athwart, sometimes he strook him straight.--Spenser.
- Across the course; so as to thwart; perversely.All athwart there came A post from Wales loaden withheavy news. --Shak.
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