Athwart A*thwart", prep. [Pref. a- + thwart.] 1. Across; from side to side of. [1913 Webster]

Athwart the thicket lone. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. (Naut.) Across the direction or course of; as, a fleet standing athwart our course. [1913 Webster]

{Athwart hawse}, across the stem of another vessel, whether in contact or at a small distance.

{Athwart ships}, across the ship from side to side, or in that direction; -- opposed to {fore and aft}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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