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.
I. prepositionDate: 15th century 1.across2. in opposition to <a procedure directly athwart the New England prejudices — R. G. Cole> II. adverbDate: 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>
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.
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.
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