Definition of Thwart

1. Noun. A crosspiece spreading the gunnels of a boat; used as a seat in a rowboat.

Exact synonyms: Cross Thwart
Generic synonyms: Crosspiece
Group relationships: Dinghy, Dory, Rowboat



2. Verb. Hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of. "Sam cannot thwart Sue "; "Foil your opponent"

Definition of Thwart

1. a. Situated or placed across something else; transverse; oblique.

2. adv. Thwartly; obliquely; transversely; athwart.

3. prep. Across; athwart.

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

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

6. v. i. To move or go in an oblique or crosswise manner.

Definition of Thwart

1. Verb. (transitive) to prevent; to halt; to cause to fail; to foil; to frustrate ¹

2. Noun. (nautical) A brace, perpendicular to the keel, that helps maintain the beam (breadth) of a marine vessel against external water pressure and that may serve to support the rail. ¹

3. Noun. (nautical) A seat across a boat on which a rower may sit. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Thwart

1. to prevent the accomplishment of [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Thwart

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thwart (current term)
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Literary usage of Thwart

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1. Carmina Gadelica: Hymns and Incantations with Illustrative Notes on Words by Alexander Carmichael, James Carmichael Watson, Angus Matheson (1900)
"WHO shall thwart the evil eye ? I shall thwart it, methinks, In name of the King of life. Three seven commands so potent, Spake Christ in the door of the ..."

2. Principles of Scientific Socialism by Charles Henry Vail (1899)
"THAT SOCIALISM WOULD thwart INVENTIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS. It is another economic error to suppose that Socialism would thwart inventions and improvements. ..."

3. Principles of Scientific Socialism by Charles Henry Vail (1899)
"THAT SOCIALISM WOULD thwart INVENTIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS. It is another economic error to suppose that Socialism would thwart inventions and improvements. ..."

4. State Papers Relating to the Defeat of the Spanish Armada, Anno 1588 by John Knox Laughton (1895)
"Our army not being past a mile and a half behind them, whom I had recovered with my ship, did also cast anchor thwart of Scales Cliffs ; and immediately, ..."

5. The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind by Herbert George Wells (1922)
"It called itself "nationalism" rather than imperialism, and it set itself, by appeals to patriotic pride, to thwart the efforts of those socialists and ..."

6. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1886)
"This country now confronts problem of too great power in the hands of the wielders of trans] tation—they thwart the first principles of our Government, ..."

7. The Life of Thomas Jefferson by Henry Stephens Randall (1858)
"... and thwart the Measures of the General Government —The Commissioners proceed to Washington—The Bubble burst—Public Derision— The Speculations on the ..."

8. Mixed Essays by Matthew Arnold (1880)
"But on this particular question for a Liberal to thwart the government, if the government were inclined to do what Ireland justly desires, would be to put ..."

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