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[uh-thwawrt-ships] /əˈθwɔrtˌʃɪps/
adverb, Nautical.
from one side of a ship to the other.
Origin of athwartships
First recorded in 1710-20; athwart + ship1 + -s1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Athwart—Across, as athwartships, meaning that a thing is lying across the vessel.

    On Yacht Sailing Thomas Fleming Day
  • For a boat to take along, I made shift to cut a castaway dory in two athwartships, boarding up the end where it was cut.

  • A torrent poured down the athwartships alleyway, and nearly swept me from my feet.

    The Sea and the Jungle H. M. Tomlinson
  • At all times except when whales were alongside, this bench was securely lashed athwartships against the rear of the Try-works.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
British Dictionary definitions for athwartships


(nautical) from one side to the other of a vessel at right angles to the keel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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