athwartships

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Etymology[edit]

From athwart (across) + ship + -s as an adverbial ending.

Adverb[edit]

athwartships (not comparable)

  1. (nautical) Across the vessel sideways, i.e. in a direction at right angles to the fore-and-aft line of the vessel.
    to place / fix / stow something athwartships; to pace the bridge athwartships
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, New York: Harper, Chapter 107, p. 519,[1]
      At all times except when whales were alongside, this bench was securely lashed athwartships against the rear of the Try-works.

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  • FM 55-501 Marine Crewman’s Handbook.