- from side to side; crosswise.
- at right angles to the fore-and-aft line; across.
- broadside to the wind because of equal and opposite pressures of wind and tide: a ship riding athwart.
- perversely; awry; wrongly.
- from side to side of; across.
- Nautical. across the direction or course of.
- in opposition to; contrary to.
Origin of athwart
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Examples from the Web for athwart
In this way it might be literally possible 'to hear a shadow fall athwart the stillness.'Heroes of the Telegraph
Thus she was the first to note a shadow fall athwart the doorway.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
They knew that athwart the Khalifa's writ was stencilled "Made in Germany."The New World of Islam
A cocked hat worn with the peak in front instead of athwart.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Very devout too; honest to the bone, athwart all her prejudices.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XIV. (of XXI.)
- transversely; from one side to another
- across the path or line of (esp a ship)
- in opposition to; against
C15: from a- ² + thwart
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Word Origin and History for athwart
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