athwart


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a·thwart

 (ə-thwôrt′)
prep.
1. From one side to the other of; across: "the Stars that shoot athwart the Night" (Alexander Pope).
2. Contrary to; against.
3. Nautical Across the course, line, or length of.
adv.
1. From side to side; crosswise or transversely.
2. So as to thwart, obstruct, or oppose; perversely.

[Middle English : a-, on; see a-2 + thwert, across; see thwart.]

athwart

(əˈθwɔːt)
adv
transversely; from one side to another
prep
1. across the path or line of (esp a ship)
2. in opposition to; against
[C15: from a-2 + thwart]

a•thwart

(əˈθwɔrt)

adv.
1. from side to side; crosswise.
2. perversely; awry; wrongly.
prep.
3. from side to side of; across.
4. in opposition to; contrary to.
[1425–75]

athwart

Across the width of a boat.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.athwart - at right angles to the center line of a shipathwart - at right angles to the center line of a ship
2.athwart - at an oblique angleathwart - at an oblique angle; "the sun shone aslant into his face"
Translations

athwart

[əˈθwɔːt]
A. ADVde través, al través
B. PREPa través de

athwart

advquer; (Naut) → dwars
prepquer über; (Naut) → dwars, quer
References in classic literature ?
Is all our Life, then but a dream Seen faintly in the goldern gleam Athwart Time's dark resistless stream?
Leave tenantless thy crystal home, and fly, With all thy train, athwart the moony sky -
Themistocles made Xerxes, king of Persia, post apace out of Grecia, by giving out, that the Grecians had a purpose to break his bridge of ships, which he had made athwart Hellespont.
He did not finish; the thunder of a distant cannon rolled athwart the waves, another, and two or three still louder.
At that moment the mysterious illumination suddenly flared to an intense, an almost blinding splendor, flushing the entire sky, extinguishing the stars and throwing the monstrous shadow of himself athwart the landscape.
Black shadows of bordering trees lay athwart the road, which, in the short reaches between, gleamed a ghostly white.
The little house folk lived much in it, and were given to taking picnic suppers in the grassy corner beyond the brook and sitting about in it through the twilights when great night moths sailed athwart the velvet gloom.
About three in the afternoon he came up with us, and bringing to, by mistake, just athwart our quarter, instead of athwart our stern, as he intended, we brought eight of our guns to bear on that side, and poured in a broadside upon him, which made him sheer off again, after returning our fire, and pouring in also his small shot from near two hundred men which he had on board.
She had not time to run, but she did what answered just as well; she promptly drew a lithe young willow bough athwart her white body with one hand, and then contemplated us with a simple and untroubled interest.
But," asked Dick, "when we do lay 'em athwart, what are we to do with 'em, anyhow?
And while I suffer thus, there comes no ray Of hope to gladden me athwart the gloom; Nor do I look for it in my despair; But rather clinging to a cureless woe, All hope do I abjure for evermore.
Does it not argue a superintending Providence that, while viewless and unexpected events thrust themselves continually athwart our path, there should still be regularity enough in mortal life to render foresight even partially available?