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- (archaic) From side to side; across.
- Above, the stars appeared to move slowly athwart.
- We placed one log on the ground, and another athwart, forming a crude cross.
- (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.
From side to side, across
- (archaic) From one side to the other side of.
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.
- (archaic) Across the path or course of; opposing.
- 1816, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan
- But oh ! that deep romantic chasm which slanted / Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover !
1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “chapter V”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
- 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