athwart

[uh-thwawrt]
adverb
1.
from side to side; crosswise.
2.
Nautical.
a.
at right angles to the fore-and-aft line; across.
b.
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:
1425–75; late Middle English; see a-1, thwart

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athwart (əˈθwɔːt)
 
adv
1.  transversely; from one side to another
 
prep
2.  across the path or line of (esp a ship)
3.  in opposition to; against
 
[C15: from a-² + thwart]

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athwart
late 15c., from a- (1) + thwart.
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Example sentences
Tension-type hinge zones that strike northeast lie athwart the graben.
The night is done and the glimmer of light is spread athwart the political skies.
The tanks are located in an athwart ships fashion forward of the engine compartment.
Forward thrusters tend to be tunnel thrusters, operating athwart ships.
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