Definitions for thwartθwɔrt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

thwartθwɔrt(v.t.)

  1. to oppose successfully; prevent from accomplishing a purpose.

  2. to frustrate or baffle (a plan, purpose, etc.).

  3. Archaic. to cross. to pass or extend across.

  4. (adj.)set crosswise or across; transverse.

  5. Ref: athwart

Origin of thwart:

1200–50; ME thwert (adv.) < ON thvert across, neut. of thverr transverse, c. OE thweorh crooked, cross, Go thwairhs angry

thwart′er(n.)

thwartθwɔrt(n.)

  1. a seat across a boat, esp. one used by a rower.

    Category: Navy

Origin of thwart:

1730–40

Princeton's WordNet

  1. thwart, cross thwart(verb)

    a crosspiece spreading the gunnels of a boat; used as a seat in a rowboat

  2. thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk(verb)

    hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

    "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"

Wiktionary

  1. thwart(Noun)

    A brace, perpendicular to the keel, that helps maintain the beam (breadth) of a marine vessel against external water pressure and that may serve to support the rail.

    A well made doughout canoe rarely needs a thwart.

  2. thwart(Noun)

    A seat across a boat on which a rower may sit.

    The fisherman sat on the aft thwart to row.

  3. thwart(Verb)

    to prevent; to halt; to cause to fail; to foil; to frustrate

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thwart(adj)

    situated or placed across something else; transverse; oblique

  2. Thwart(adj)

    fig.: Perverse; crossgrained

  3. Thwart(adj)

    thwartly; obliquely; transversely; athwart

  4. Thwart

    across; athwart

  5. Thwart(noun)

    a seat in an open boat reaching from one side to the other, or athwart the boat

  6. Thwart(verb)

    to move across or counter to; to cross; as, an arrow thwarts the air

  7. Thwart(verb)

    to cross, as a purpose; to oppose; to run counter to; to contravene; hence, to frustrate or defeat

  8. Thwart(verb)

    to move or go in an oblique or crosswise manner

  9. Thwart(verb)

    hence, to be in opposition; to clash

Freebase

  1. Thwart

    A thwart is a strut placed crosswise in a ship or boat, to brace it crosswise. In rowboats it can also serve as a seat for a rower. Some inflatable boats have a thwart which can be folded and removed so the boat can be deflated and rolled up for transport or storage.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

thwart(verb)

to stop or hinder (someone) from doing something

He doesn't like to be thwarted.

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