Definitions for Traversetrəˈvɜrs, ˈtræv ərs; ˈtræv ərs, trəˈvɜrs
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tra•versetrəˈvɜrs, ˈtræv ərs; ˈtræv ərs, trəˈvɜrs(v.; n., adj.; n.; adj.)-versed, -vers•ing
(v.t.)to pass or move over, along, or through; cross.
to go to and fro over or along.
to extend across or over:
A bridge traverses the stream.
to go up, down, or across (a hill, rope, etc.) at an angle.
to ski across (a hill or slope).
Category: Sports and Games
to cause to move laterally.
to look over, examine, or consider carefully; review; survey.
to go counter to; obstruct.
to contradict or deny.
Law. (in pleading) to deny formally (an allegation). to enter into controversy on (a matter).
to turn and point (a gun) in any direction.
(v.i.)to pass along or go across something; cross.
to ski or climb across a slope on a diagonal.
Category: Sports and Games
to turn laterally, as a gun.
(in fencing) to glide the blade toward the hilt of the contestant's foil while applying pressure to the blade.
(n.)the act of passing across, over, or through.
something that crosses or extends across.
a transversal or similar line.
a place where one may traverse or cross; crossing.
a lateral or oblique course or movement.
something that obstructs or thwarts; obstacle.
a transverse gallery or loft in a church or other large building.
a bar, strip, rod, or other structural part placed or extending across; crosspiece; crossbar.
Category: Building Trades
a railing, lattice, or screen serving as a barrier.
Category: Building Trades
the zigzag track of a vessel compelled by contrary winds or currents to sail on different courses. each of the runs in a single direction made in such sailing.
Category: Nautical, Navy
a defensive barrier, parapet, or the like, placed transversely.
the horizontal turning of a mounted gun to change direction of fire.
the motion of a lathe tool or grinding wheel along a piece of work. a part moving along a piece of work in this way, as the carriage of a lathe.
a series of intersecting surveyed lines whose lengths and angles of intersection, measured at instrument stations, are recorded graphically on a map and in numerical form in data tables.
Law. a formal denial of some matter of fact alleged by the other side.
(adj.)lying, extending, or passing across; transverse.
Origin of traverse:
1250–1300; ME (n.) < MF 蠐 L trānsversus lying across, transverse; see trans -, versus
trave, traverse, crossbeam, crosspiece(noun)
a horizontal beam that extends across something
a horizontal crosspiece across a window or separating a door from a window over it
taking a zigzag path on skis
traverse, track, cover, cross, pass over, get over, get across, cut through, cut across(verb)
travel across or pass over
"The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"
cross, traverse, span, sweep(verb)
to cover or extend over an area or time period
"Rivers traverse the valley floor", "The parking lot spans 3 acres"; "The novel spans three centuries"
deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit
A route used in mountaineering, specifically rock climbing, in which the descent occurs by a different route than the ascent.
In fortification, a mass of earth or other material employed to protect troops against enfilade. It is constructed at right angles to the parapet.
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.
To travel across, often under difficult conditions.
He will have to traverse the mountain to get to the other side.
To visit all parts of; to explore thoroughly; as, to traverse all nodes in a network.
To rotate a gun around a vertical axis to bear upon a military target.
To climb or descend a steep hill at a wide angle.
Origin: From trans across + versus turned, perfect passive participle of vertere, turn
lying across; being in a direction across something else; as, paths cut with traverse trenches
athwart; across; crosswise
anything that traverses, or crosses
something that thwarts, crosses, or obstructs; a cross accident; as, he would have succeeded, had it not been for unlucky traverses not under his control
a barrier, sliding door, movable screen, curtain, or the like
a gallery or loft of communication from side to side of a church or other large building
a work thrown up to intercept an enfilade, or reverse fire, along exposed passage, or line of work
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; that is, without this which follows
the zigzag course or courses made by a ship in passing from one place to another; a compound course
a line lying across a figure or other lines; a transversal
a line surveyed across a plot of ground
the turning of a gun so as to make it point in any desired direction
a turning; a trick; a subterfuge
to lay in a cross direction; to cross
to cross by way of opposition; to thwart with obstacles; to obstruct; to bring to naught
to wander over; to cross in traveling; as, to traverse the habitable globe
to pass over and view; to survey carefully
to turn to the one side or the other, in order to point in any direction; as, to traverse a cannon
to plane in a direction across the grain of the wood; as, to traverse a board
to deny formally, as what the opposite party has alleged. When the plaintiff or defendant advances new matter, he avers it to be true, and traverses what the other party has affirmed. To traverse an indictment or an office is to deny it
to use the posture or motions of opposition or counteraction, as in fencing
to turn, as on a pivot; to move round; to swivel; as, the needle of a compass traverses; if it does not traverse well, it is an unsafe guide
to tread or move crosswise, as a horse that throws his croup to one side and his head to the other
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
1. To turn a weapon to the right or left on its mount. 2. A method of surveying in which lengths and directions of lines between points on the earth are obtained by or from field measurements, and used in determining positions of the points