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.

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.

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

(Thu"ya) n. (Bot.) Same as Thuja.

(Thu"yin) n. (Chem.) A substance extracted from trees of the genus Thuja, or Thuya, and probably identical with quercitrin. [Written also thujin.]

(Thwack) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Thwacked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Thwacking.] [Cf. OE. thakken to stroke, AS. þaccian, E. whack.]

1. To strike with something flat or heavy; to bang, or thrash: to thump. "A distant thwacking sound." W. Irving.

2. To fill to overflow. [Obs.] Stanyhurst.

(Thwack), n. A heavy blow with something flat or heavy; a thump.

With many a stiff thwack, many a bang,
Hard crab tree and old iron rang.

(Thwaite) n. (Zoöl.) The twaite.

(Thwaite), n. [CF. Icel. þveit a piece of land, fr. þvita to cut. See Thwite, and cf. Doit, and Twaite land cleared of woods.] Forest land cleared, and converted to tillage; an assart. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

Thwaite occurs in composition as the last element in many names of places in the north of England; as, in Rosthwaite, Stonethwaite.

(Thwart) a. [OE. þwart, þwert, a. and adv., Icel. þvert, neut. of þverr athwart, transverse, across; akin to AS. þweorh perverse, transverse, cross, D. dwars, OHG. dwerah, twerh, G. zwerch, quer, Dan. & Sw. tver athwart, transverse, Sw. tvär cross, unfriendly, Goth. þwaírhs angry. Cf. Queer.]

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

Moved contrary with thwart obliquities.

2. Fig.: Perverse; crossgrained. [Obs.] Shak.

(Thwart), adv. [See Thwart, a.] Thwartly; obliquely; transversely; athwart. [Obs.] Milton.

(Thwart), prep. Across; athwart. Spenser.

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