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Etymology

From Old Norse þvert[1]; or (Verification for this etymology is sought): Middle English thwerten, thwarten

Verb

Infinitive
to thwart

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to thwart (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) to prevent; to halt; to cause failure.
    The police thwarted the would-be assassin.

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Noun

Singular
thwart

Plural
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thwart ({{{1}}})
  1. (nautical) A brace, perpendicular to the keel, that helps maintain the beam (breadth) of a marine vessel against external water pressure and that may serve to support the rail.
    • A well made doughout canoe rarely needs a thwart.
  2. (nautical) A seat that is incorporated into the design of a small boat's thwart.
    The fisherman sat on the aft thwart to row.

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  1. ^ thwart in Online Etymology Dictionary

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