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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Adjective, Adverb, Preposition


Noun thwart has 1 sense

Verb thwart has 1 sense


thwarta. [OE. , , a. and adv., Icel. , neut. of athwart, transverse, across; akin to AS. perverse, transverse, cross, D. dwars, OHG. dwerah, twerh, G. zwerch, quer, Dan. & Sw. tver athwart, transverse, Sw. tvär cross, unfriendly, Goth. angry. Cf. Queer.].
  •  Situated or placed across something else; transverse; oblique.  [1913 Webster]
    "Moved contrary with thwart obliquities."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Fig.: Perverse; crossgrained.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
thwartadv. [See Thwart, a.].
     Thwartly; obliquely; transversely; athwart.  Milton.  [1913 Webster]
     Across; athwart.  Spenser.  [1913 Webster]
Thwart ships. See Athwart ships, under Athwart.
     A seat in an open boat reaching from one side to the other, or athwart the boat.  [1913 Webster]
thwartv. t. 
  •  To move across or counter to; to cross; as, an arrow thwarts the air.  [1913 Webster]
    "Swift as a shooting star
    In autumn thwarts the night.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  To cross, as a purpose; to oppose; to run counter to; to contravene; hence, to frustrate or defeat.  [1913 Webster]
    "If crooked fortune had not thwarted me."  [1913 Webster]
    "The proposals of the one never thwarted the inclinations of the other."  [1913 Webster]
thwartv. i. 
  •  To move or go in an oblique or crosswise manner.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Hence, to be in opposition; to clash.  [1913 Webster]
    "Any proposition . . . that shall at all thwart with internal oracles."  [1913 Webster]


thwart, v., n., prep., & adv.
--v.tr. frustrate or foil (a person or purpose etc.).
--n. a rower's seat placed across a boat.
--prep. & adv. archaic across, athwart.

ME thwert (adv.) f. ON thvert neut. of thverr transverse = OE thwe(o)rh f. Gmc



across, across the grain, annul, athwart, athwartships, baffle, balk, beat, bench, bendwise, bias, biased, biaswise, bilk, blast, block, brace, brave, bring to nothing, buffer, cancel, cancel out, cast down, catercorner, catercornered, challenge, check, checkmate, circumvent, come to nothing, confound, confront, contrariwise, contravene, contrawise, counter, counteract, counterbalance, countermand, counterwork, crisscross, cross, cross-grained, crossing, crossway, crossways, crosswise, curb, dash, defeat, defeat expectation, defy, destroy, diagonal, disappoint, discomfit, disconcert, discountenance, dish, disillusion, disrupt, dissatisfy, elude, flummox, foil, foul up, frustrate, gum up, hinder, impede, invalidate, kittycorner, knock the chocks, let down, negate, negativate, negative, neutralize, nonplus, nullify, oblique, obliquely, obstruct, offset, oppose, overthwart, perplex, queer, restrain, ruin, sabotage, scotch, short-circuit, sideways, sidewise, slant, spike, spoil, stonewall, stop, stultify, stump, style, stymie, tantalize, tease, thwartly, thwartways, transversal, transverse, transversely, traverse, undo, upset, vitiate, void




VB hinder, impede, filibuster, impedite, embarrass, keep off, stave off, ward off, obviate, avert, antevert, turn aside, draw off, prevent, forefend, nip in the bud, retard, slacken, check, let, counteract, countercheck, preclude, debar, foreclose, estop, inhibit, shackle, restrict, obstruct, stop, stay, bar, bolt, lock, block, block up, choke off, belay, barricade, block the way, bar the way, stop the way, forelay, dam up, put on the brake, scotch the wheel, lock the wheel, put a spoke in the wheel, put a stop to, traverse, contravene, interrupt, intercept, oppose, hedge in, hedge round, cut off, inerclude, interpose, interfere, intermeddle, cramp, hamper, clog, clog the wheels, cumber, encumber, incumber, handicap, choke, saddle with, load with, overload, lay, lumber, trammel, tie one's hands, put to inconvenience, incommode, discommode, discompose, hustle, corner, drive into a corner, run foul of, fall foul of, cross the path of, break in upon, thwart, frustrate, disconcert, balk, foil, faze, feaze, feeze, baffle, snub, override, circumvent, defeat, spike guns, spoil, mar, clip the wings of, cripple, put an extinguisher on, damp, dishearten, discountenance, throw cold water on, spoil sport, lay a wet blanket, throw a wet blanket on, cut the ground from under one, take the wind out of one's sails, undermine, be in the way of, stand in the way of, act as a drag, hang like a millstone round one's neck.


VB oppose, counteract, run counter to, withstand, control, hinder, antagonize, oppugn, fly in the face of, go dead against, kick against, fall afoul of, run afoul of, set against, pit against, face, confront, cope with, make a stand, make a dead set against, set oneself against, set one's face against, protest against, vote against, raise one's voice against, disfavor, turn one's back upon, set at naught, slap in the face, slam the door in one's face, be at cross purposes, play at cross purposes, counterwork, countermine, thwart, overthwart, work against, undermine, stem, breast, encounter, stem the tide, breast the tide, stem the current, stem the flood, buffet the waves, beat up against, make head against, grapple with, kick against the pricks, contend, do battle with, do battle against, contradict, contravene, belie, go against, run against, beat against, militate against, come in conflict with, emulate, rival, spoil one's trade.


N crossing, intersection, interdigitation, decussation, transversion, convolution, level crossing, reticulation, network, inosculation, anastomosis, intertexture, mortise, net, plexus, web, mesh, twill, skein, sleeve, felt, lace, wicker, mat, matting, plait, trellis, wattle, lattice, grating, grille, gridiron, tracery, fretwork, filigree, reticle, tissue, netting, mokes, rivulation, cross, chain, wreath, braid, cat's cradle, knot, entangle, cloth, linen, muslin, cambric, crossing, crossed, matted, v, transverse, cross, cruciform, crucial, retiform, reticular, reticulated, areolar, cancellated, grated, barred, streaked, textile, crossbarred, cruciate, palmiped, secant, web-footed, cross, thwart, athwart, transversely, at grade, crosswise.

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