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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"


  1. athwartadverb

    From side to side; across.

    Etymology: From a- + thwart.

  2. athwartadverb

    Across the path (of something).

    Etymology: From a- + thwart.

  3. athwartpreposition

    From one side to the other side of.

    The stars moved slowly athwart the sky.

    Etymology: From a- + thwart.

  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.

    Etymology: From a- + thwart.

  5. athwartpreposition

    Across the path or course of; opposing.

    Etymology: From a- + thwart.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Athwart

    across; from side to side of

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + thwart.]

  2. Athwart

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

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + thwart.]

  3. Athwartadverb

    across, especially in an oblique direction; sidewise; obliquely

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + thwart.]

  4. Athwartadverb

    across the course; so as to thwart; perversely

    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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  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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