Thwart (?), a. [OE. wart, wert, a. and adv., Icel. vert, neut. of verr athwart, transverse, across; akin to AS. weorh perverse, transverse, cross, D. dwars, OHG. dwerah, twerh, G. zwerch, quer, Dan. & Sw. tver athwart, transverse, Sw. tvar cross, unfriendly, Goth. waørhs angry. Cf. Queer.]

1.

Situated or placed across something else; transverse; oblique.

Moved contrary with thwart obliquities. Milton.

2.

Fig.: Perverse; crossgrained.

[Obs.]

Shak.

 

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Thwart, adv. [See Thwart, a.]

Thwartly; obliquely; transversely; athwart.

[Obs.]

Milton.

 

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Thwart, prep.

Across; athwart.

Spenser.

Thwart ships. See Athwart ships, under Athwart.

 

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Thwart, n. Naut.

A seat in an open boat reaching from one side to the other, or athwart the boat.

 

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Thwart, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Thwarted; p. pr. & vb. n. Thwarting.]

1.

To move across or counter to; to cross; as, an arrow thwarts the air.

[Obs.]

Swift as a shooting star In autumn thwarts the night. Milton.

2.

To cross, as a purpose; to oppose; to run counter to; to contravene; hence, to frustrate or defeat.

If crooked fortune had not thwarted me. Shak.

The proposals of the one never thwarted the inclinations of the other. South.

 

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Thwart, v. i.

1.

To move or go in an oblique or crosswise manner.

[R.]

2.

Hence, to be in opposition; to clash.

[R.]

Any proposition . . . that shall at all thwart with internal oracles. Locke.

 

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