from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- preposition From one side to the other of; across.
- preposition Contrary to; against.
- preposition Nautical Across the course, line, or length of.
- adverb From side to side; crosswise or transversely.
- adverb So as to thwart, obstruct, or oppose; perversely.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Crosswise; from side to side; transversely.
- In opposition to the proper or expected course; in a manner to cross and perplex; crossly; wrongly; wrongfully.
- Across; from side to side of.
- Nautical, across the line of a ship's course.
- In opposition to; against; contrary to.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- preposition Across; from side to side of.
- preposition (Naut.) Across the direction or course of.
- preposition across the stem of another vessel, whether in contact or at a small distance.
- preposition across the ship from side to side, or in that direction; -- opposed to
fore and aft.
- adverb Across, especially in an oblique direction; sidewise; obliquely.
- adverb Across the course; so as to thwart; perversely.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adverb archaic From side to side;
- adverb archaic Across the path (of something).
- preposition archaic From one side to the other side of.
- preposition nautical
Acrossthe line of a ship's course or across its deck.
- preposition archaic Across the path or course of; opposing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adverb at right angles to the center line of a ship
- adverb at an oblique angle
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
I call it athwart parking rather than parallel parking.
Then Sir Guy rose gently and laid his sword athwart the stream from bank to bank; so the weasel passed over the sword, as it had been a bridge, and having made his way to a hole at the foot of the hill on the other side, went in thereat.
Not coincidentally, this rift is deepening even as Gujarat booms economically, with brand-new malls, multi plexes, highways, and private ports transforming it into a pulsing region-state athwart Indian Ocean trade routes.
-The purpose of conservatism is to stand athwart history--William F. Buckley, Jr.
The White Silence, for the moment driven to the rimming forest, seemed ever crushing inward; the stars danced with great leaps, as is their wont in the time of the Great Cold; while the Spirits of the Pole trailed their robes of glory athwart the heavens.
At high noon the sun, without raising its rim above the southern horizon, threw a suggestion of fire athwart the heavens, then quickly drew it back.
William F. Buckley's upstart conservative magazine, National Review, made its debut in 1955 with the now-famous opening line that it "stands athwart history, yelling Stop."
It was a little like John Kerry's anti-Vietnam protest at the Capitol in 1971, utilizing the most stilted Pentagonese jargon to describe demonstrations "athwart hostile infiltration" of the Congress, and so forth.
But when politicians make that dangerous leap to novelist, one wants to crib from William F. Buckley and stand athwart Capitol Hill yelling please, for the love of God, stop.
They saw it as an alternative air-and-naval hub to Karachi that, along with the port of Pasni to the east, would make Pakistan a great Indian Ocean power athwart the whole Near East.