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Definition of "athwart" []

  • From side to side; crosswise or transversely. (adverb)
  • So as to thwart, obstruct, or oppose; perversely. (adverb)
  • From one side to the other of; across: "the Stars that shoot athwart the Night” ( Alexander Pope). (preposition)
  • Contrary to; against. (preposition)
  • Nautical Across the course, line, or length of. (preposition)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "athwart" in a sentence
  • "I call it athwart parking rather than parallel parking."
  • "Then Sir Guy rose gently and laid his sword athwart the stream from bank to bank; so the weasel passed over the sword, as it had been a bridge, and having made his way to a hole at the foot of the hill on the other side, went in thereat."
  • "Not coincidentally, this rift is deepening even as Gujarat booms economically, with brand-new malls, multi plexes, highways, and private ports transforming it into a pulsing region-state athwart Indian Ocean trade routes."