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Athwart definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ATHWART', prep. [a and thwart. See Thwart.]
1. Across; from side to side; transverse; as athwart the path.
2. In marine language, across the line of a ship's course; as, a fleet standing athwart our course.
Athwart hause, is the situation of a ship when she lies across the stem of another, whether near, or at some distance.
Athwart the fore foot, is a phrase applied to the flight of a cannon ball, across another ship's course, ahead, as a signal for her to bring to.
Athwart ships, reaching across the ship from side to side, or in that direction.
ATHWART', adv. In a manner to cross and perplex; crossly; wrong; wrongfully.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: at right angles to the center line of a ship
2: at an oblique angle; "the sun shone aslant into his face" [syn: obliquely, aslant, athwart]

Merriam Webster's

I. preposition Date: 15th century 1. across 2. in opposition to <a procedure directly athwart the New England prejudices R. G. Cole> II. adverb Date: circa 1500 1. across especially in an oblique direction 2. in opposition to the right or expected course <and quite athwart goes all decorum Shakespeare>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adv. & prep. --adv. 1 across from side to side (usu. obliquely). 2 perversely or in opposition. --prep. 1 from side to side of. 2 in opposition to. Etymology: A(2) + THWART

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Athwart A*thwart", prep. [Pref. a- + thwart.] 1. Across; from side to side of. Athwart the thicket lone. --Tennyson. 2. (Naut.) Across the direction or course of; as, a fleet standing athwart our course. Athwart hawse, across the stem of another vessel, whether in contact or at a small distance. Athwart ships, across the ship from side to side, or in that direction; -- opposed to fore and aft.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Athwart A*thwart", adv. 1. Across, especially in an oblique direction; sidewise; obliquely. Sometimes athwart, sometimes he strook him straight. --Spenser. 2. Across the course; so as to thwart; perversely. All athwart there came A post from Wales loaden with heavy news. --Shak.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. prep. Across, over, from one side to the other of. II. ad. 1. Across, crosswise, sidewise, obliquely, awry, askant, askew. 2. Wrong, wrongfully, unseasonably, unsuitably, malapropos.

Moby Thesaurus

across, across the grain, adverse to, against, against the grain, against the tide, against the wind, at cross-purposes, at cross-purposes with, at daggers, at daggers drawn, at issue, at odds, at variance, at war with, athwartships, bendwise, beyond, bias, biased, biaswise, catercorner, catercornered, con, contra, contrariwise, contrawise, counter, counter to, crisscross, cross, cross-grained, crossway, crossways, crosswise, dead against, diagonal, eyeball-to-eyeball, in conflict with, in confrontation, in hostile array, in opposition, in opposition to, kittycorner, oblique, obliquely, opposed to, over, overthwart, sideways, sidewise, slant, thwart, thwartly, thwartways, transversal, transverse, transversely, traverse, up in arms, versus, vis-a-vis, with crossed bayonets

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