- (archaic) From side to side; across.
- Synonym: overthwart
- Above, the stars appeared to move slowly athwart.
- We placed one log on the ground, and another athwart, forming a crude cross.
- 1650, Thomas Browne, “Of the Same [i.e., the Blacknesse of Negroes]”, in Pseudodoxia Epidemica: […], 2nd edition, London: […] A. Miller, for Edw[ard] Dod and Nath[aniel] Ekins, […], OCLC 152706203, 6th book, page 282:
- Thus the Aſſe having a peculiar mark of a croſſe made by a black liſt down his back, and another athwart, or at right angles down his ſhoulders; common opinion aſcribes this figure unto a peculiar ſignation; ſince that beaſt had the honour to bear our Saviour on his back.
- (archaic) Across the path (of something).
- a fleet standing athwart our course
- 2014 September 7, Natalie Angier, “The Moon comes around again [print version: Revisiting a moon that still has secrets to reveal: Supermoon revives interest in its violent origins and hidden face, International New York Times, 10 September 2014, p. 8]”, in The New York Times:
- And should the moon happen to hit its ever-shifting orbital perigee at the same time that it lies athwart from the sun, we are treated to a so-called supermoon, a full moon that can seem close enough to embrace – as much as 12 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the average full moon.
- (archaic) Wrongly; perplexingly.
From side to side, across
- (archaic) From one side to the other side of.
- Synonym: overthwart
- The stars moved slowly athwart the sky.
- (nautical) Across the line of a ship's course or across its deck.
- The damaged mainmast fell athwart the deck, destroying the ship's boat.
- Across the path or course of; opposing.
- Synonym: opposing
- 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Folio Society 2008, p.283:
- It is the voice of human experience within us, judging and condemning all gods that stand athwart the pathway along which it feels itself to be advancing.
- 2005, Tony Judt, “The Spectre of Revolution”, in Postwar: A history of Europe since 1945, London: Vintage Books, published 2010, →ISBN:
- The new fashions were perforce addressed to the more prosperous young: the children of Europe’s white middle-class, who could afford records, concerts, shoes, clothes, make-up and modish hair-styling. But the presentation of these wares cut ostentatiously athwart conventional lines.
- 1816, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan
- But oh ! that deep romantic chasm which slanted / Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover !
- 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter V, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
- Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
From one side to the other side of