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athwart

[uh-thwawrt] /əˈθwɔrt/
adverb
1.
from side to side; crosswise.
2.
Nautical.
  1. at right angles to the fore-and-aft line; across.
  2. broadside to the wind because of equal and opposite pressures of wind and tide:
    a ship riding athwart.
3.
perversely; awry; wrongly.
preposition
4.
from side to side of; across.
5.
Nautical. across the direction or course of.
6.
in opposition to; contrary to.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; see a-1, thwart
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  • Here, the current is slowed down by a huge tree-trunk, barely submerged athwart the river bed and used by the children for diving.
  • Tension-type hinge zones that strike northeast lie athwart the graben.
  • The tanks are located in an athwart ships fashion forward of the engine compartment.
  • Forward thrusters tend to be tunnel thrusters, operating athwart ships.
  • The night is done and the glimmer of light is spread athwart the political skies.
  • athwart the sky were long sweeps of fibrous white clouds presaging rain.
British Dictionary definitions for athwart

athwart

/əˈθwɔːt/
adverb
1.
transversely; from one side to another
preposition
2.
across the path or line of (esp a ship)
3.
in opposition to; against
Word Origin
C15: from a-² + thwart
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Word Origin and History for athwart
adv.

late 15c., from a- (1) + thwart.

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