from The Century Dictionary.

  • Nautical, placed athwartships in the hold: said of casks.

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  • adjective With the length athwartship.


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a- (“in”) +‎ burton (“athwartship”)


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  • "A small tackle formed by two blocks or pullies; is generally used to set up or tighten the top-mast shrouds, and for many other purposes: whence it is frequently termed a Top Burton-tackle: also a term applied to such casks as are stowed athwart ships, or on a line with the beam."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 2

    October 12, 2008