Athwart meaning

ə-thwôrt
Contrary to; against.
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From side to side; crosswise or transversely.
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At right angles to the keel of.
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From one side to the other of; across.
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Across the course, line, or length of.
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So as to thwart, obstruct, or oppose; perversely.
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Across; from one side to the other of.
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Against; opposed to.
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Crosswise; esp., across at a slant.
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So as to block or thwart.
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(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.

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(archaic) Across the path (of something).

A fleet standing athwart our course.

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(archaic) From one side to the other side of.

The stars moved slowly athwart the sky.

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(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.

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(archaic) Across the path or course of; opposing.
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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