Definition of athwart preposition from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    athwart

     preposition
    preposition
    BrE BrE//əˈθwɔːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈθwɔːrt//
     
    (literary or formal)
     
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  1. 1across; from one side to the other They put a table athwart the doorway.
  2. 2not agreeing with; opposite to His statement ran athwart what was previously said.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from a- ‘on’ + thwart.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: athwart