- 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.
Examples from the Web for athwart
Flaunt it as we choose, athwart and over the roads of our progress loom huge uncertainty, and dreadful, threatening gloom.Complete Prose Works|Walt Whitman
Gigantic behind them, athwart the carrier lay the captured aeropile.When the Sleeper Wakes|Herbert George Wells
Athwart the distance he could perceive the wide blue horizon of Lake Michigan.The Blazed Trail|Stewart Edward White
They stood on the crest of the ancient wall and the setting sun cast long shadows of them athwart a field of springing wheat.The Secret Places of the Heart|H. G. Wells
Then the victor alighted and served Lionel as he had done the others, binding him and flinging him athwart his own horse.Historic Tales, Vol. XIII (of 15)|Charles Morris