- across; from one side to the other of
- against; opposed to
- Naut. at right angles to the keel of
Origin of athwarta- + thwart
- crosswise; esp., across at a slant
- so as to block or thwart
- From one side to the other of; across: “the Stars that shoot athwart the Night” (Alexander Pope).
- Contrary to; against.
- Nautical Across the course, line, or length of.
- From side to side; crosswise or transversely.
- So as to thwart, obstruct, or oppose; perversely.
Origin of athwartMiddle English : a-, on; see a–2 + thwert, across; see thwart.
(comparative more athwart, superlative most athwart)
- (archaic) From side to side; across.
- Above, the stars appeared to move slowly athwart.
- We placed one log on the ground, and another athwart, forming a crude cross.
- (archaic) Across the path (of something).
- a fleet standing athwart our course
- (archaic) From one side to the other side of.
- The stars moved slowly athwart the sky.
- (nautical) Across the line of a ship's course or across its deck.
- The damaged mainmast fell athwart the deck, destroying the ship's boat.
- (archaic) Across the path or course of; opposing.
From a- + thwart.