[ uh-thwawrt-ships ]

  1. from one side of a ship to the other.

Origin of athwartships

First recorded in 1710–20; athwart + ship1 + -s1

Words Nearby athwartships Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use athwartships in a sentence

  • Instantly the clamps descend from the end of the spar and clutch the privateer athwartships.

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

    The Sea and the Jungle | H. M. Tomlinson
  • A puff of wind caught the sail and sent the boom athwartships, like a mighty flail.

    The Black Bag | Louis Joseph Vance
  • 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
  • Then lash his hands athwartships behind his back, and take him and the Greek ashore.

    Edward Barry | Louis Becke

British Dictionary definitions for athwartships


/ (əˈθwɔːtˌʃɪps) /

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

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