[ uh-thwawrt-ships ]
/ əˈθwɔrtˌʃɪps /

adverb Nautical.

from one side of a ship to the other.

Words nearby athwartships

Origin of athwartships

First recorded in 1710–20; athwart + ship1 + -s1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for athwartships

  • 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.

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

    The Sea and the Jungle|H. M. Tomlinson

British Dictionary definitions for athwartships

/ (əˈθwɔːtˌʃɪps) /


nautical from one side to the other of a vessel at right angles to the keel
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