from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To prevent the occurrence, realization, or attainment of: They thwarted her plans.
- transitive v. To oppose and defeat the efforts, plans, or ambitions of.
- n. Nautical A seat across a boat on which a rower may sit.
- adj. Extending, lying, or passing across; transverse.
- adj. Eager to oppose, especially wrongly; perverse.
- adv. Archaic Athwart; across.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to prevent; to halt; to cause to fail; to foil; to frustrate.
- n. A brace, perpendicular to the keel, that helps maintain the beam (breadth) of a marine vessel against external water pressure and that may serve to support the rail.
- n. A seat across a boat on which a rower may sit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Situated or placed across something else; transverse; oblique.
- adj. Fig.: Perverse; crossgrained.
- adv. Thwartly; obliquely; transversely; athwart.
- n. A seat in an open boat reaching from one side to the other, or athwart the boat.
- prep. Across; athwart.
- intransitive v. To move or go in an oblique or crosswise manner.
- intransitive v. Hence, to be in opposition; to clash.
- transitive v. To move across or counter to; to cross.
- transitive v. To cross, as a purpose; to oppose; to run counter to; to contravene; hence, to frustrate or defeat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- From side to side; across; crosswise; transversely; athwart.
- Across; athwart.
- Opposite to; over against.
- Lying or extending across or crosswise; cross; transverse.
- Perverse; contrary; cross-grained.
- To pass over or across; cross.
- To put crosswise, or one across another.
- To put in the way; oppose.
- To cross, as a purpose; contravene; frustrate; baffle.
- Synonyms Foil, Baffle, etc. See frustrate.
- To go crosswise or obliquely.
- To be in opposition; be contrary or perverse; hence, to quarrel; contend.
- n. See the extract.
- n. Opposition; defiance.
- n. A seat across a boat on which the oarsman sits.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
- n. a crosspiece spreading the gunnels of a boat; used as a seat in a rowboat
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