17 January 2009


Athwart: naturally means to be across a thwart. I don't know what made me think of this word, but I was looking for a word to use in a poem and there it was, athwart my course.

Athwart A*thwart", prep. [Pref. a- + thwart.]
1. Across; from side to side of.
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Athwart the thicket lone. --Tennyson.
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2. (Naut.) Across the direction or course of; as, a fleet
standing athwart our course.
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Athwart hawse, the stem of another vessel, whether
in contact or at a small distance.

Athwart ships, the ship from side to side, or in
that direction; -- opposed to fore and aft.
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-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

Athwart A*thwart", adv.
1. Across, especially in an oblique direction; sidewise;
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Sometimes athwart, sometimes he strook him straight.
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2. Across the course; so as to thwart; perversely.
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All athwart there came
A post from Wales loaden with heavy news. --Shak.
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-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

adv 1: at right angles to the center line of a ship
2: at an oblique angle; "the sun shone aslant into his face"
[syn: obliquely, aslant]

-- From WordNet (r) 2.0

63 Moby Thesaurus words for "athwart":
across, across the grain, adverse to, against, against the grain,
against the tide, against the wind, at cross-purposes,
at cross-purposes with, at daggers, at daggers drawn, at issue,
at odds, at variance, at war with, athwartships, bendwise, beyond,
bias, biased, biaswise, catercorner, catercornered, con, contra,
contrariwise, contrawise, counter, counter to, crisscross, cross,
cross-grained, crossway, crossways, crosswise, dead against,
diagonal, eyeball-to-eyeball, in conflict with, in confrontation,
in hostile array, in opposition, in opposition to, kittycorner,
oblique, obliquely, opposed to, over, overthwart, sideways,
sidewise, slant, thwart, thwartly, thwartways, transversal,
transverse, transversely, traverse, up in arms, versus, vis-a-vis,
with crossed bayonets

-- From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0

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