1. Situated or placed across something else; transverse; oblique.
Moved contrary with thwart obliquities. --Milton.
2. Fig.: Perverse; crossgrained. [Obs.]
Thwart, adv. Thwartly; obliquely; transversely; athwart. [Obs.]
Thwart, prep. Across; athwart.
Thwart ships. See Athwart ships, under Athwart.
Thwart, n. Naut. A seat in an open boat reaching from one side to the other, or athwart the boat.
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.
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.
n : a crosspiece spreading the gunnels of a boat; used as a seat
in a rowboat [syn: cross thwart]
v : hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What
ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing
September surge"; "foil your opponent" [syn: queer, spoil,
scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk]