Definition of thwart in English:


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Pronunciation: /θwɔːt


[with object]


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  • A structural crosspiece forming a seat for a rower in a boat.
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    • Her hull is painted white with blue trim on the thwarts.
    • Thirteen oarsmen and a captain form the crew of the fixed-thwart rowing boats that participate in the competitions.
    • The placement of the primary thwart is important to balance.

preposition & adverb

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  • From one side to another side of; across: [as preposition]: a pink-tinged cloud spread thwart the shore
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    • Lay them thwart, that the top of one may rest on the root or stub of the other.


Middle English thwerte, from the adjective thwert 'perverse, obstinate, adverse', from Old Norse thvert, neuter of thverr 'transverse', from an Indo-European root shared by Latin torquere 'to twist'.

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