American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. In a tilted position; inclined upward.
- adv. Tilting or as if tilting with a lance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Tilted up; set on tilt, literally or figuratively.
- In the manner of a tilter; in the position or with the action of a man making a thrust: as, to ride or run atilt.
- adj. at an angle from the vertical or horizontal
- adv. as if tilting; like a knight on horseback.
- adv. at an angle from the vertical or horizontal
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. In the manner of a tilter; in the position, or with the action, of one making a thrust.
- adv. In the position of a cask tilted, or with one end raised. [In this sense sometimes used as an adjective.]
- adj. departing or being caused to depart from the true vertical or horizontal
“He kept his head slightly atilt, however, to prevent being surprised from behind.”
“Perhaps at this point in his careera time when the Food Network uses shots of Duff carrying a cake atilt across a stage to garner publicity for its Iron Chef competitionshe doesnt need any gigs that will cost him; after all, if this A-list celebrity wont pay, what A-list celebrities will?”
“More than once he awoke with a scream in a sweat, seeing the world go atilt and then to blur in the eight seconds of oxygen and glucose a detached brain holds to sustain itself, felt the separation, felt the loss.”
““Tire guys, go, go, get it done,” he shouted, and as they had so often practiced, a Grumley team of three hit the rear axle of the vehicle, got the heavy power-jack underneath, and with swift, focused strength jerked the thing atilt.”
“As he squirmed into the entranceway, Earl saw that the big automatic weapon was atilt and two men, standing over the body of a third, struggled to restore it to a firing position.”
“Sharon was felled by a major stroke in January, leaving Kadima, and the rest of Israeli politics, atilt in midair.”
“He skipped past the images of the Malacca atilt and aflame, to the shot of TPrynn at the window.”
“You were atilt, more like," said Ahion with a snort.”
“LAMB: You have a paragraph on that same page: ` Holly, atilt with grief and humiliation, showed up at the Teamsters 'organizing office one morning, shook hands with the startled men in windbreakers and urged them to, quote, "Go beat the S-H-I-T out of those sons of bitches up there," unquote.”
“The oarsmen of Port Cos were in their best today, their tunics bright, their leather polished, their brimless, jaunty caps atilt on their heads.”
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