meaning of athwart

athwart meaning in General Dictionary

Across especially in an oblique direction sidewise obliquely

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  • Across from side to side of
  • at right sides to the center line of a ship
  • at an oblique position
  • Across; laterally of.
  • Across the way or length of; as, a fleet standing athwart our training course.
  • around, particularly in an oblique direction; sidewise; obliquely.
  • over the program; in order to thwart; perversely.

athwart meaning in Etymology Dictionary

belated 15c., from a- (1) + thwart.


athwart meaning in General Dictionary

(prep.) Around; back and forth of.

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  • (prep.) Over the way or course of; as, a fleet standing athwart our training course.
  • (adv.) Around, especially in an oblique path; sidewise; obliquely.
  • (adv.) Across the course; so as to thwart; perversely.

Sentence Examples with the word athwart

On that very meadow he had ridden over the day before, a soldier was lying athwart the rows of scented hay, with his head thrown awkwardly back and his shako off.

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