Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Athwart; being at right angles to the line of sight: as, thwartwise motion. Such motion of a star is deducible from the star' s proper motion when its parallax is known.
- adj. extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction; at right angles to the long axis
- thwart + -wise (Wiktionary)
“There was a trough running thwartwise of the ship into which the water had to be lifted from the midship well.”
“But only stoop -- catch the light thwartwise -- and all is a silver network of gossamer!”
“So we sheered off together, arm-in-arm, so to speak; and with fullest confidence I took the jigging, thwartwise course my chainless pilot laid for me.”
“If he is a thin man, his dress waistcoat bulges away from his breastbone so the passerby can easily discover what brand of suspenders he fancies; but if he be stoutish, the waistcoat has a little way of hitching along up his mid-riff inch by inch until finally it has accordion-pleated itself in overlapping folds thwartwise of his tummy, coyly exposing an inch or so of clandestine shirt-front.”
“She passed, with her two gentlemen, but the French sentinel barred the way, holding his fauchard thwartwise.”
“An example of this kind of unanimity was alleged by him in the five intermediate stars of the Plough; and that the agreement in thwartwise motion is no casual one is practically demonstrated by the concordant radial velocities determined at Potsdam for four out of the five objects in question.”
“But a kedge and halser, stretched thwartwise to a neighboring crag, and jammed fast in a crevice, served in moderate weather to keep us tolerably right.”
“At the end of the hall anigh the Man's-door was the dais, and a table thereon set thwartwise of the hall; and in front of the dais was the noblest and greatest of the hearths; (but of the others one was in the very midmost, and another in the Woman's-Chamber) and round about the dais, along the gable-wall, and hung from pillar to pillar were woven cloths pictured with images of ancient tales and the deeds of the”
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