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  • adj. Athwart; from side to side; across.
  • adv. Athwart; from side to side; across.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction; at right angles to the long axis


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thwart +‎ -wise


  • There was a trough running thwartwise of the ship into which the water had to be lifted from the midship well.

    The Ivory Trail

  • But only stoop -- catch the light thwartwise -- and all is a silver network of gossamer!

    The Golden Age

  • 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.

    The Golden Age

  • 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.

    'Oh, Well, You Know How Women Are!'

  • She passed, with her two gentlemen, but the French sentinel barred the way, holding his fauchard thwartwise.

    A Monk of Fife

  • 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.

    A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century Fourth Edition

  • 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.

    The Cruise of the Betsey or, A Summer Ramble Among the Fossiliferous Deposits of the Hebrides. With Rambles of a Geologist or, Ten Thousand Miles Over the Fossiliferous Deposits of Scotland

  • 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

    The House of the Wolfings


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