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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v thwart hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge","foil your opponent"
    • n thwart a crosspiece spreading the gunnels of a boat; used as a seat in a rowboat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Thwart (Naut) A seat in an open boat reaching from one side to the other, or athwart the boat.
    • prep Thwart Across; athwart. "Nor iron bands aboard The Pontic Sea by their huge navy cast.""The earl . . . caused . . . high trees to be hewn down, and laid travers one over another."
    • Thwart Fig.: Perverse; crossgrained.
    • Thwart Hence, to be in opposition; to clash. "Any proposition . . . that shall at all thwart with internal oracles ."
    • Thwart Situated or placed across something else; transverse; oblique. "Moved contrary with thwart obliquities."
    • adv Thwart Thwartly; obliquely; transversely; athwart.
    • Thwart 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."
    • Thwart To move across or counter to; to cross; as, an arrow thwarts the air. "Swift as a shooting star
      In autumn thwarts the night."
    • Thwart To move or go in an oblique or crosswise manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thwart See the extract.
    • thwart From side to side; across; crosswise; transversely; athwart.
    • thwart Across; athwart.
    • thwart Opposite to; over against.
    • thwart Lying or extending across or crosswise; cross; transverse.
    • thwart Antithetical.
    • thwart Perverse; contrary; cross-grained.
    • n thwart Opposition; defiance.
    • thwart To pass over or across; cross.
    • thwart To put crosswise, or one across another.
    • thwart To put in the way; oppose.
    • thwart To cross, as a purpose; contravene; frustrate; baffle.
    • thwart Synonyms Foil, Baffle, etc. See frustrate.
    • thwart To go crosswise or obliquely.
    • thwart To be in opposition; be contrary or perverse; hence, to quarrel; contend.
    • n thwart A seat across a boat on which the oarsman sits. A thwart is usually a special fixture, but a board may be used for the purpose. Some thwarts are contrived to slide backward and forward with the movements of the oarsman, as in light sculls or shells used for rowing exercise or for racing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Thwart thwawrt cross: being crosswise
    • v.t Thwart to cross: to oppose; to defeat
    • n Thwart the bench for rowers placed athwart the boat
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  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation.”
  • Charles Horton Cooley
    “The need to exert power, when thwarted in the open fields of life, is the more likely to assert itself in trifles.”
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    “Take care; you know I am compliance itself, when I am not thwarted! No one more easily led, when I have my own way; but don't put me in a frenzy.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

Stonor happened to notice that the bow-thwart of this canoe was notched in a peculiar way.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
He looked like a man thwarted.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
A Gaelic or Manx term for a thwart or bench in the boat.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Was his whole expedition to be thwarted in the carrying out of its high purposes?
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
Rivers and mountains and morasses had been powerless to thwart his progress.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
He rejoices to see me thwarted; I will thwart him, let it cost what it may!
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
For the first time it occurred to Mrs. Curtis that Philip Holt might be very disagreeable if thwarted.
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers
But Mazarin succeeded in thwarting this arrangement.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
He, the lawgiver of Stoke, had been thwarted.
"The Wonder" by J. D. Beresford
But their mutual inclination was thwarted by Madame de Guise.
"Political Women (Vol. 1 of 2)" by Sutherland Menzies
Nevertheless, as he found himself suddenly thwarted by his old enemy, he thought it wiser to retire to a corner.
"The Blue Bird for Children" by Georgette Leblanc
Jeremy heard a gasping cry behind him and a young sailor toppled backward from the thwart.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
Kassar's friends might thwart Daoud.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
As certain as I'm up for one of the big prizes of my life, the girl's there to thwart me.
"The Man Who Drove the Car" by Max Pemberton
Miranda Bailey's attempt to learn exactly what had happened was thwarted by Sandy's presentation of Westlake.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Again and again that self seemed to thwart, to hinder, to check him.
"Beside Still Waters" by Arthur Christopher Benson
I have never been thwarted in any wish or desire of my life.
"Jolly Sally Pendleton" by Laura Jean Libbey
This assurance on the part of the Spanish government completely thwarted Mr.
"The United States and Latin America" by John Holladay Latané
The story is a fascinating unrolling of the divine plan and the complete thwarting of the human plan.
"Training the Teacher" by A. F. Schauffler
In her efforts to train the children rightly Elizabeth was constantly thwarted by her husband.
"Women of the Teutonic Nations" by Hermann Schoenfeld

In poetry:

I cannot still, her sight to want,
Weep like a thwarted boy,
Cry outright, but with darting gold
He chides me back to joy.
"The Yellow Butterfly" by Manmohan Ghose
Then grinned the Ancient Briton
From the tumulus treed with pine:
'So, hearts are thwartly smitten
In these days as in mine!'
"The Moth-Signal (On Egdon Heath)" by Thomas Hardy
If providence the promise thwart,
And yet thy humbled mind
'Gainst hope believes in hope, thou art
Thy Husband's dearest friend.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
She stood before him face to face,
With the sun-beam thwart her hand,
As on the gold of the Holy Place
The painted angels stand.
"The Hall And The Wood" by William Morris
Young and old fled from her ever
Waving off her proffered grace,
Thwarting each divine endeavour,
Trembling still before her face;
"Sorrow" by Walter Richard Cassels
'Whether at twilight's parting day
Ye held your solemn musing way,
Whar through the gloom in myriad ray
The fire-flies gleam;
And 'thwart the grove in harmless play
The light'nings stream!
"The Scottish Muse" by Hector MacNeill

In news:

Despite a heightened emphasis on securing US borders and thwarting terrorism since the 2001 attacks, neither the reason nor the number of deportation actions against undocumented immigrants in Colorado has changed.
DOT worker thwarts burglars at Rock Hill facility.
KC tries to thwart spread of emerald ash borer.
South Korean officials thwart assassination attempt.
Use assertive techniques to thwart bullies.
SIR – You held out the prospect of a Balkans -wide airline, but quoted an analyst who predicted that the "burden of history" could thwart any merger (" Balkan unity", May 19th).
Jake Barber 's bucket in overtime lifted Hanover Area to a 56-54 win, thwarting a furious Coughlin comeback in regulation.
Bayer Abandoning Schiff Thwarts Bets on Bid War: Real M&A.
Richard Bernstein 's perfect voting record thwarted by Superstorm Sandy.
KC tries to thwart spread of emerald ash borer .
Kwame Kilpatrick says he thwarted break-in on mom's street.
Think big, don't let bureaucracy thwart innovation, Gilbert tells his 'family'.
A late turnover thwarted a comeback and ended a two-game winning streak for the Reading Express.
Patty Sylvester, the women's goalkeeper, had a superb stint in net for the Cougars, registering four saves and made some outstanding saves to thwart some Mustang shot attempts.
What's thwarting the green economy.

In science:

In fact, infrequent human intervention would possibly thwart CAPTCHA and make the TCP receiver attack successful.
Efficient Defence against Misbehaving TCP Receiver DoS Attacks
Can a similar story be told here, to make it acceptable that the indices are potential particle labels? Unfortunately, this attempt is immediately thwarted by the symmetrization postulates.
How Classical Particles Emerge From the Quantum World
By keeping Ye high, trapping thwarts the rapid evaporation of neutrons from the nuclei that would otherwise be too neutron-rich to retain them.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
In the core-collapse context this bounding pressure is provided by the accretion ram and, while the shock is stalled, the wind is thwarted.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
Attempts to observe itinerant ferromagnetism in a cold atom gas have been thwarted [24–30] by a competing instability to a molecular bound state .
Itinerant ferromagnetism with finite ranged interactions
However the lack of a precise enumeration in the gap between the sparse domain and the dense domain of Theorem 4 currently thwarts a theory which spans both the sparse and dense domains.
Degree sequences of random digraphs and bipartite graphs
We call the mechanism that removes the nondeterminism an adversary, because it is often viewed as trying to thwart the e(cid:11)orts of a system to reach its goals.
Proving time bounds for randomized distributed algorithms
This would thwart attempts to use free convolution.
Nonrelativistic Particle in Free Random Gauge Background
All cryptographic schemes are confronted to the temporal problem: the key must be long enough to thwart the “Brute force attack”.
Hardware Engines for Bus Encryption: A Survey of Existing Techniques
Thus to thwart this attack, it makes sense to restrict the protocol to non-invertible matrices (since there is no inversion operation in the key setup).
Group theory in cryptography
However in actual markets, large demand from the traders will immediately affect the price, thwarting the possibility of indefinitely large gain.
New procedures for testing whether stock price processes are martingales
Since 1/3 is below 1, a finite pressure at large distances is required in order to thwart the spontaneous excitation of a vigorous outflow.
Towards a Synthesis of Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
Possible problems due to spurious algebraic dependences between scalar invariants occurring in denominators. Recall that there always is a linear dependence between the vectors whose total number exceeds the dimension of the vector space. This might thwart any simple characterizations of IRsubgraphs.
Theory of asymptotic operation. A summary of basic principles
Previous attempts to realize BEC in hydrogen were thwarted by inefficient evaporation (see section 2.1).
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen
Previous attempts to achieve BEC in hydrogen were thwarted by inefficient evaporation at the lowest temperatures.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen