adverb Nautical.

from one side of a ship to the other.

Nearby words

  1. athrepsia,
  2. athrill,
  3. athrob,
  4. athrocyte,
  5. athwart,
  6. athymia,
  7. athymism,
  8. athyroidism,
  9. athénienne,
  10. atigi

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



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