Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • As much as possible.
  • Nautical, with all sails set; fully rigged.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb (Naut.) Fully rigged, as a vessel; with all sails set; set on end or set right.

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  • adverb nautical Fully rigged, as a vessel; with all sails set; set on end or set right.

Etymologies

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French autant ("as much (as possible)").

Examples

  • By daybreak next morning we had everything ataunt again; the chase, however, had run completely out of sight, hours before, and was, at all events for the present, hopelessly lost to us.

    Under the Meteor Flag Log of a Midshipman during the French Revolutionary War

  • For the very reason that he wants to leave off, I wish to go on; for he is much heavier armed than we are, and sails as well; and if we permit him to get all right and all ataunt by to-morrow morning, he may prove a very awkward customer yet.

    Percival Keene

  • Adolescent Klingons used the term “bloodless” as ataunt, almost as bad as “Earther” or an insult to one’s mother.

    The Edge of the Sword

  • Adolescent Klingons used the term “bloodless” as ataunt, almost as bad as “Earther” or an insult to one’s mother.

    The Edge of the Sword

  • Adolescent Klingons used the term “bloodless” as ataunt, almost as bad as “Earther” or an insult to one’s mother.

    The Edge of the Sword

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