athwart

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1athwart

preposition \ə-ˈthwrt, nautical often -ˈthrt\

Definition of ATHWART

1
:  across
2
:  in opposition to <a procedure directly athwart the New England prejudices — R. G. Cole>

Examples of ATHWART

  1. <athwart the road was farmland as far as the eye could see>

First Known Use of ATHWART

15th century

Related to ATHWART

2athwart

adverb

Definition of ATHWART

1
:  across especially in an oblique direction
2
:  in opposition to the right or expected course <and quite athwart goes all decorum — Shakespeare>

Examples of ATHWART

  1. <after it enters the Gulf of Mexico, the hurricane is predicted to advance athwart to the Texas coastline>
  2. <we hung the twisted strips of crepe paper athwart to the floor and ceiling so that they formed giant crosses on all four walls>

First Known Use of ATHWART

circa 1500

Related to ATHWART

Synonyms
across, over, through

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