Transverse definition

trăns-vûrs, trănz-, trănsvûrs, trănz-
The definition of transverse is to go from side to side or to extend across something.

When a beam goes across your entire deck, this is an example of a situation where the beam transverses the deck.

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(geom.) Designating the axis that passes through the foci of a hyperbola, or the part of that axis between the vertices.
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Lying, situated, placed, etc. across; crossing from side to side.
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A transverse part, beam, etc.
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(geom.) A transverse axis.
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At a right angle, i.e., 90 degree angle. Crosswise, or perpendicular. See also normal.
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Situated or lying across; side to side, relative to some defined "forward" direction.
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(geometry, of an intersection) Not tangent: so that a nondegenerate angle is formed between the two things intersecting.
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(geometry) The longer, or transverse, axis of an ellipse.
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Situated or lying across; crosswise.
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Something, such as a part or beam, that is transverse.
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Anything that is transverse or athwart.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
transverse
Plural:
transverses

Origin of transverse

  • Latin trānsversus from past participle of trānsvertere to turn across trāns trans- vertere to turn wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition