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athwart

adverb

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 from one side to the other of an intervening space
  • after it enters the Gulf of Mexico, the hurricane is predicted to advance athwart to the Texas coastline

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2 in a line or direction running from corner to corner
  • we hung the twisted strips of crepe paper athwart to the floor and ceiling so that they formed giant crosses on all four walls

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athwart

preposition

Synonyms of athwart (Entry 2 of 2)

to the opposite side of
  • athwart the road was farmland as far as the eye could see

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The first known use of athwart was in the 15th century

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“Athwart.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/athwart. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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