from The Century Dictionary.
- Nautical, lying across the vessel.
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No one had noticed it, but they suddenly became aware that the almost-square cabin was now definitely rectangular, with the familiar controls, the communications wall, and the thwartship partition aft of them forming three sides to the encroaching fourth.
Breaking Point James E. Gunn
To support these girders in a thwartship direction a series of transverse frames were placed at 12 feet 6 inches centres throughout the length of the ship, and formed, when viewed cross-sectionally, a universal polygon of twelve sides.
British Airships, Past, Present, and Future George Whale
Lanyard moved down to the junction of the thwartship passage with the fore-and-aft alleyway.
The False Faces Further Adventures from the History of the Lone Wolf Louis Joseph Vance 1906
A group of first-class passengers, leaning on the thwartship rails close by, looked on, with complacent satisfaction or half-contemptuous pity.
Masters of the Wheat-Lands Harold Bindloss 1905
To right and left on a thwartship line just back of them towered the chimneys softly giving out their titanic respirations.
Gideon's Band A Tale of the Mississippi George Washington Cable 1884
Abaft the wheels there was another thwartship casemate, sides and ends also sloping, in which were two 30-pound Parrott rifles training from aft to four points on the quarter.
Just forward of the wheels was a thwartship casemate containing two 24-pound howitzers pointing forward and intended to sweep the decks if boarders should get possession.
On December 13, "the sledges sank in over twelve inches, and all the gear, as well as the thwartship pieces, were acting as breaks.
The Worst Journey in the World Antarctic 1910-1913 Apsley Cherry-Garrard 1922