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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Athort, prep. and adv. Also: athowrt, athourt, athourcht, -tht, athowrtht, athorte, athortt, athoirt (athrocht, a quhort). [f. Thort with prefixed a-; cf. late ME. athirt (c 1500), e.m.E. athwart (late 16th c.).]

A. prep. 1. Across; from one side of (a place or thing) to the other. 1458 Liber Aberbr. 104.
Fra thyn north owr athowrt the mwr tyll ane strype
1550 Reg. Cupar A. II. 73.
Fra the burn of Altecref athort the west pairt of the bray
1557–8 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 264.
For ane pece tre that lyis a quhort the dam
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 177.
The castle men wer chased athort Hakkerstounes croft
a1578 Pitsc. I. 188/11.
They fand the doore standand oppin and ane deid man lyand athort it
1591 Misc. Spald. C. III. 161.
Ane great chaine of irne … quhilk usit to be put athort the water mouth
1605 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 277.
They saw … James Watt strik … Willeam Ingram … on the arme and athort the scholderis
1624 Black Bk. Taymouth 365.
Ilk … cadger sall pey aucht penneyis … for evry lead of salt that they carey athrocht the bridges
c1650 Spalding II. 287.
Thay hurt the said Mr. George Leslie with ane schot athort the ribbis

2. Across in various directions; to and fro over. 1549 Compl. 38/3.
The borial blastis … hed chaissit the fragrant flureise … far athourt the feildis
Ib. 111/12.
Eftir diuerse turnand coursis athourtht the cuntre, he returnit … to the forsaid toune
1570 Sat. P. x. 111.
Sa did the Papistis all, athort this land
1570 Ib. xv. 100.
Ȝit wald ȝe that ȝour names war knawin Athort all Cristindome
1582 Conv. Burghs I. 131.
Frome Alloway to the watter of Tay athortt the haill coist syde
a1605 Montg. Flyt. 203.
Abreid, athort ȝour bankis and brais, Ȝe do abound in coill and calk
1592 Acts III. 554/1.
Beggaris wandering athort the realme
1600-1610 Melvill 606.
The noble poster of newis athort the world
1611-57 Mure Dido ii. 274.
The deir … Coursing abroad, athort the fields
1617 Ellon Presb. 99.
Counterfeit bards and fuills that rynes athort the countrey
fig. 1562-3 Winȝet II. 64/5.
Thow may se thame as it war fleand athort al the buikis of Godis law

b. Abroad through or among. 1594 Misc. Bann. C. III. 169.
The … name of this weirlyk chiftane dois fle and pas athort the mouthis of all men
1596 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 157.
To pas athort all the honest and substantious nichtbouris
1637 Baillie I. 9.
A pamphlet of his, goeing athort our people
Ib. 33.
That booke, which was given out athort the shoppes of Edinburgh

B. adv. 1. So as to lie across or transversely. 1549 Compl. 102/20.
Ane vthir speyr set … athort betuix the tua speyris
c1590 Fowler 106/62.
Brenus vnder whom did fall full manye a man athort

2. About; from point to point. 1567 G. Ball. 109.
The montanis muifit & ran athort lyke rammis
1565 Prot. Bk. J. Foulis 72.
He … past to the west end of the said kirk … quhair he inlikvis past athort & veseit
1570 Sat. P. x. 365.
Maist diligent he wes to ryn athort, To gif the wedow and fatherles comfort
a1605 Montg. Misc. P. xlviii. 76.
As we haif hard report Of wandring fame, vhilk fleeth ay athort
1638 Baillie I. 33.
There goes a speech athort in the name of the Duke of Lennox

3. About, in turn. 1602 Stirling B. Rec. I. 101.
To gif the saidis doctouris daylie burding as it sal happin ordourlie to cum athorte

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