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Definitions for athwart
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. athwartadverb

    at right angles to the center line of a ship

  2. obliquely, aslant, athwartadverb

    at an oblique angle

    "the sun shone aslant into his face"

Wiktionary

  1. athwartadverb

    From side to side; across.

  2. athwartadverb

    Across the path (of something).

  3. athwartpreposition

    From one side to the other side of.

    The stars moved slowly athwart the sky.

  4. athwartpreposition

    Across the line of a ship's course or across its deck.

    The damaged mainmast fell athwart the deck, destroying the ship's boat.

  5. athwartpreposition

    Across the path or course of; opposing.

  6. Etymology: From a- + thwart.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Athwartadverb

    All athwart there came
    A post from Wales, loaden with heavy news. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.

    The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart
    Goes all decorum. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

  2. Athwartprep.

    Etymology: from a and thwart.

    Themistocles made Xerxes post out of Grecia, by giving out a purpose to break his bridge athwart the Hellespont. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Execrable shape!
    That dar’st, though grim and terrible, advance
    Thy miscreated front athwart my way. Parad. Lost, b. ii.

    Now, athwart the terrors that thy vow
    Has planted round thee, thou appear’st more fair. Joseph Addison, Cato.

ChatGPT

  1. athwart

    Athwart generally means in opposition to or transversely. It can refer to a direction or position that is across from something, from side to side, or contrary to something or someone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Athwart

    across; from side to side of

  2. Athwart

    across the direction or course of; as, a fleet standing athwart our course

  3. Athwartadverb

    across, especially in an oblique direction; sidewise; obliquely

  4. Athwartadverb

    across the course; so as to thwart; perversely

  5. Etymology: [Pref. a- + thwart.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Athwart

    a-thwawrt′, prep. across.—adv. sidewise: wrongly: perplexingly. [Prep. a, on, and Thwart.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. athwart

    The transverse direction; anything extending or across the line of a ship's course.--Athwart hawse, a vessel, boat, or floating lumber accidentally drifted across the stem of a ship, the transverse position of the drift being understood.--Athwart the fore-foot, just before the stem; ships fire a shot in this direction to arrest a stranger, and make her bring-to.--Athwart ships, in the direction of the beam; from side to side: in opposition to fore-and-aft.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of athwart in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of athwart in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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