The definition of transverse is to go from side to side or to extend across something.(adjective)
When a beam goes across your entire deck, this is an example of a situation where the beam transverses the deck.
See transverse in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: L transversus, pp. of transvertere: see traverse
See transverse in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Latin trānsversus
Origin: , from past participle of trānsvertere, to turn across
Origin: : trāns, trans-
Origin: + vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
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