A bridge that traverses a river.
An example of traverse is a performer walking across a tightrope.
An example of traverse is doing a land survey.
Traverse an artillery piece.
- An intersecting line; a transversal.
- A structural crosspiece; a transom.
- A gallery, deck, or loft crossing from one side of a building to the other.
- A railing, curtain, screen, or similar barrier.
- A defensive barrier across a rampart or trench, as a bank of earth thrown up to protect against enfilade fire.
- 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.
- A screen, curtain, etc. placed crosswise.
- A passing across or through; crossing.
- A lateral, pivoting, oblique, or zigzagging movement.
At the entrance of the king, / The first traverse was drawn.
He would have succeeded, had it not been for unlucky traverses not under his control.
He will have to traverse the mountain to get to the other side.
To traverse a cannon.
Paths cut with traverse trenches.
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.
Origin of traverse
- Middle English traversen from Old French traverser from Vulgar Latin trāversāre from Late Latin trānsversāre from Latin trānsversus transverse transverse
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition