atilt

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj atilt departing or being caused to depart from the true vertical or horizontal "the leaning tower of Pisa","the headstones were tilted"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Atilt In the manner of a tilter; in the position, or with the action, of one making a thrust. "To run atilt at men."
    • Atilt In the position of a cask tilted, or with one end raised. In this sense sometimes used as an adjective "Abroach, atilt , and run
      Even to the lees of honor."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • atilt Tilted up; set on tilt, literally or figuratively.
    • atilt In the manner of a tilter; in the position or with the action of a man making a thrust: as, to ride or run atilt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Atilt a-tilt′ on tilt: as a tilter.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. a-, + tilt,

Usage

In literature:

Its expression was "blossomy, nightingale-y"; atilt with glee and grace.
"We Girls: A Home Story" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
You purposely prolong his suspense; he is all atilt, expecting the delightful surprise.
"Autumn Leaves" by Various
Duskily-lashed eyes of dark violet were brimming with a contagious energy and her rounded chin was splendidly atilt.
"A Pagan of the Hills" by Charles Neville Buck
The arrows first, had been his hope, and then this silent vulture, atilt in the purple tides.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
We will swear a truce of God, neither shall run atilt at the other's convictions until he is invited to do so.
"Grey Town" by Gerald Baldwin
Conroy escaped because no one, not even an Irish member, cares to ride atilt against a millionaire.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
HARCOURT rises, meaning to run atilt at JOKIM.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 98, May 17, 1890." by Various
Just as I thought I had come to a decision in the case, a male lazuli flew in, lighting atilt of an acacia stalk opposite the wren-tit.
"A-Birding on a Bronco" by Florence A. Merriam
Other people may ride atilt against all the problems one bruises head and heart over.
"Into the Highways and Hedges" by F. F. Montrésor (Frances Frederica)
At any hour of the forenoon you could see the rows of porkmen sitting on chairs atilt on the flags.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, No. 33, November 1877" by Various
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