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Meaning of athwart

a•thwart

Pronunciation: (u-thwôrt'), [key]
— adv.
  1. from side to side; crosswise.
  2. a ship riding athwart.
    1. at right angles to the fore-and-aft line; across.
    2. broadside to the wind because of equal and opposite pressures of wind and tide:a ship riding athwart.
  3. perversely; awry; wrongly.
—prep.
  1. from side to side of; across.
  2. across the direction or course of.
  3. in opposition to; contrary to.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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