- Traverse is defined as something that lies across or crosses over.
- An example of a traverse is a zigzag route down a steep hill taken by a skier.
- An example of a traverse is a log laying across a road.
- Traverse means to move back and forth, cross over or examine carefully.
- An example of traverse is a performer walking across a tightrope.
- An example of traverse is doing a land survey.
- to pass, move, or extend over, across, or through; cross
- to go back and forth over or along; cross and recross
- to go counter to; oppose; thwart
- to survey, inspect, or examine carefully
- to turn (a gun, lathe, etc.) laterally; swivel
- to make a traverse of in surveying
- to deny or contradict formally (something alleged by the opposing party in a lawsuit)
- to join issue upon (an indictment) or upon the validity of (an inquest of office)
Origin of traverseMiddle English traversen ; from Old French traverser ; from Vulgar Latin ; from an unverified form transversare ; from Classical Latin transversus, past participle of transvertere, to turn across ; from trans-, trans- + vertere, to turn: see verse
- to move across; cross over
- to move back and forth over a place, etc.; cross and recross
- to swivel or pivot
- to move across a mountain slope, as in skiing, in an oblique direction
- to make a traverse in surveying
- Fencing to move one's blade toward the opponent's hilt while pressing one's foil hard against the opponent's foil
- something that traverses or crosses; specif.,
- a line that intersects others
- a crossbar, crosspiece, crossbeam, transom, etc.
- a parapet or wall of earth, etc. across a rampart or trench
- a gallery, loft, etc. crossing a building
- a single line of survey across a plot, region, etc.
- Obs. a screen, curtain, etc. placed crosswise
- Now Rare something that opposes or thwarts; obstacle
- the act or an instance of traversing; specif.,
- a passing across or through; crossing
- a lateral, pivoting, oblique, or zigzagging movement
- a part, device, etc. that causes a traversing movement
- a passage by which one may cross; way across
- a zigzagging course or route taken by a vessel, as in sailing against the wind
- a single leg of such a course
- a formal denial in a lawsuit
- passing or extending across; transverse
- designating or of drapes (and the rods and hooks for them) usually hung in pairs that can be drawn together or apart by pulling a cord at the side
Origin of traverseME travers < OFr < L transversus: see traversethe
verbtra·versed, tra·vers·ing, tra·vers·es
- a. To travel or pass across, over, or through: a ship traversing a channel; light traversing a window.b. To move to and fro over; cross and recross: traversed the room in thought for an hour.c. To go up, down, or across (a slope) diagonally, as in skiing.
- To cause to move laterally on a pivot; swivel: traverse an artillery piece.
- To extend across; cross: a bridge that traverses a river.
- To look over carefully; examine: “Someday I plan to read the classics. Someday I plan to traverse their pages and see for myself what raw weight they wield” (Beck Hansen).
- Archaic To go counter to; thwart.
- Law a. To deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a lawsuit.b. To join issue upon (an indictment).
- To survey by traverse.
- Nautical To brace (a yard) fore and aft.
- To move to the side or back and forth.
- To turn laterally; swivel.
- a. To go up, down, or across a slope diagonally or in a zigzag manner, as in skiing.b. To slide one's blade with pressure toward the hilt of the opponent's foil in fencing.
- A passing across, over, or through.
- A route or path across or over.
- Something that lies across, especially:a. An intersecting line; a transversal.b. Architecture A structural crosspiece; a transom.c. A gallery, deck, or loft crossing from one side of a building to the other.d. A railing, curtain, screen, or similar barrier.e. A defensive barrier across a rampart or trench, as a bank of earth thrown up to protect against enfilade fire.
- Something that obstructs and thwarts; an obstacle.
- Nautical The zigzag route of a vessel forced by contrary winds to sail on different courses.
- A zigzag or diagonal course on a steep slope, as in skiing.
- a. A lateral movement, as of a lathe tool across a piece of wood.b. A part of a mechanism that moves in this manner.c. The lateral swivel of a mounted gun.
- A line established by sighting in surveying a tract of land.
- Law A formal denial of the opposing party's allegation of fact in a lawsuit.
Origin of traverseMiddle English traversen, from Old French traverser, from Vulgar Latin *traversare, from Late Latin transversare, from Latin transversus, transverse; see transverse.
- (climbing) A route used in mountaineering, specifically rock climbing, in which the descent occurs by a different route than the ascent.
- (military) In fortification, a mass of earth or other material employed to protect troops against enfilade. It is constructed at right angles to the parapet.
- (surveying) A series of points, with angles and distances measured between, traveled around a subject, usually for use as "control" i.e. angular reference system for later surveying work.
- F. Beaumont
- At the entrance of the king, / The first traverse was drawn.
- Something that thwarts or obstructs.
- He would have succeeded, had it not been for unlucky traverses not under his control.
- A trick; a subterfuge.
- (architecture) A gallery or loft of communication from side to side of a church or other large building.
- (law) A formal denial of some matter of fact alleged by the opposite party in any stage of the pleadings. The technical words introducing a traverse are absque hoc ("without this", i.e. without what follows).
- (nautical) The zigzag course or courses made by a ship in passing from one place to another; a compound course.
- (geometry) A line lying across a figure or other lines; a transversal.
- (firearms) The turning of a gun so as to make it point in any desired direction.
(third-person singular simple present traverses, present participle traversing, simple past and past participle traversed)
- To travel across, often under difficult conditions.
- He will have to traverse the mountain to get to the other side.
- (computing) To visit all parts of; to explore thoroughly.
- to traverse all nodes in a network
- (artillery) To rotate a gun around a vertical axis to bear upon a military target.
- to traverse a cannon
- (climbing) To climb or descend a steep hill at a wide angle.
- To lay in a cross direction; to cross.
- To cross by way of opposition; to thwart with obstacles; to obstruct.
- To pass over and view; to survey carefully.
- (carpentry) To plane in a direction across the grain of the wood.
- to traverse a board
- (law) To deny formally.
(comparative more traverse, superlative most traverse)
- Lying across; being in a direction across something else.
- paths cut with traverse trenches
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