• (RP) IPA: /əˈθwɔː(ɹ)t/


  1. (archaic) From side to side; across.
    Synonyms: overthwart
    Above, the stars appeared to move slowly athwart.
    We placed one log on the ground, and another athwart, forming a crude cross.
    • 1646, Thomas Browne, “Of the Same [i.e., the Blacknesse of Negroes]”, in Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or, Enquiries into Very Many Received Tenents, and Commonly Presumed Truths, London: Printed for Tho. Harper for Edvvard Dod, OCLC 838860010 ↗; Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or, Enquiries into Very Many Received Tenents, and Commonly Presumed Truths. […], 2nd corrected and much enlarged edition, London: Printed by A. Miller, for Edw[ard] Dod and Nath. Ekins, […], 1650, OCLC 152706203 ↗, book 6, page 282 ↗:
      Thus the Aſſe having a peculiar mark of a croſſe made by a black liſt down his back, and another athwart, or at right angles down his ſhoulders; common opinion aſcribes this figure unto a peculiar ſignation; ſince that beaſt had the honour to bear our Saviour on his back.
  2. (archaic) Across the path (of something).
    a fleet standing athwart our course
  3. (archaic) Wrongly; perplexingly.
  • French: d'un coté à l'autre, à travers
  • German: quer
  • Italian: di traverso
  • Russian: поперёк
  • Spanish: de lado a lado, a través
  1. (archaic) From one side to the other side of.
    Synonyms: overthwart
    The stars moved slowly athwart the sky.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938 ↗, book II, canto III:
      Knit with a golden bauldricke, which forelay / Athwart her snowy brest, and did diuide / Her daintie paps {{...}
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, Claribel
      At eve the beetle boometh / Athwart the thicket lone.
  2. (nautical) Across the line of a ship's course or across its deck.
    The damaged mainmast fell athwart the deck, destroying the ship's boat.
  3. Across the path or course of; opposing.
    Synonyms: opposing
    • 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Folio Society 2008, p.283:
      It is the voice of human experience within us, judging and condemning all gods that stand athwart the pathway along which it feels itself to be advancing.
  • Russian: че́рез
  • Russian: напереко́р

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