Athwart Definition

ə-thwôrt
preposition
From one side to the other of; across.
American Heritage
Across; from one side to the other of.
Webster's New World
Contrary to; against.
American Heritage
Against; opposed to.
Webster's New World
Across the course, line, or length of.
American Heritage
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adverb
From side to side; crosswise or transversely.
American Heritage
Crosswise; esp., across at a slant.
Webster's New World
So as to thwart, obstruct, or oppose; perversely.
American Heritage
So as to block or thwart.
Webster's New World

(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.
Wiktionary
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Origin of Athwart

  • Middle English a- on a–2 thwert across thwart

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From a- + thwart.

    From Wiktionary

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