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  • adj. With the length athwartship.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nautical, placed athwartships in the hold: said of casks.

Etymologies

a- (“in”) +‎ burton (“athwartship”) (Wiktionary)

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  • "A small tackle formed by two blocks or pullies; is generally used to set up or tighten the top-mast shrouds, and for many other purposes: whence it is frequently termed a Top Burton-tackle: also a term applied to such casks as are stowed athwart ships, or on a line with the beam."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 2

    October 12, 2008