from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. From side to side; crosswise or transversely.
- adv. So as to thwart, obstruct, or oppose; perversely.
- prep. From one side to the other of; across: "the Stars that shoot athwart the Night” ( Alexander Pope).
- prep. Contrary to; against.
- prep. Nautical Across the course, line, or length of.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. From side to side; across.
- adv. Across the path (of something).
- prep. From one side to the other side of.
- prep. Across the line of a ship's course or across its deck.
- prep. Across the path or course of; opposing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- prep. Across; from side to side of.
- prep. Across the direction or course of.
- adv. Across, especially in an oblique direction; sidewise; obliquely.
- adv. Across the course; so as to thwart; perversely.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. at right angles to the center line of a ship
- adv. at an oblique angle
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.