Definitions for Traversetrəˈvɜrs, ˈtræv ərs; ˈtræv ərs, trəˈvɜrs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tra•versetrəˈvɜrs, ˈtræv ərs; ˈtræv ərs, trəˈvɜrs(v.; n., adj.; n.; adj.)-versed, -vers•ing

  1. (v.t.)to pass or move over, along, or through; cross.

  2. to go to and fro over or along.

  3. to extend across or over:

    A bridge traverses the stream.

  4. to go up, down, or across (a hill, rope, etc.) at an angle.

  5. to ski across (a hill or slope).

    Category: Sports and Games

  6. to cause to move laterally.

  7. to look over, examine, or consider carefully; review; survey.

  8. to go counter to; obstruct.

  9. to contradict or deny.

  10. Law. (in pleading) to deny formally (an allegation). to enter into controversy on (a matter).

    Category: Law

  11. to turn and point (a gun) in any direction.

  12. (v.i.)to pass along or go across something; cross.

  13. to ski or climb across a slope on a diagonal.

    Category: Sports and Games

  14. to turn laterally, as a gun.

  15. (in fencing) to glide the blade toward the hilt of the contestant's foil while applying pressure to the blade.

    Category: Sport

  16. (n.)the act of passing across, over, or through.

  17. something that crosses or extends across.

  18. a transversal or similar line.

  19. a place where one may traverse or cross; crossing.

  20. a lateral or oblique course or movement.

  21. something that obstructs or thwarts; obstacle.

  22. a transverse gallery or loft in a church or other large building.

    Category: Architecture

  23. a bar, strip, rod, or other structural part placed or extending across; crosspiece; crossbar.

    Category: Building Trades

  24. a railing, lattice, or screen serving as a barrier.

    Category: Building Trades

  25. 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

  26. a defensive barrier, parapet, or the like, placed transversely.

    Category: Fortification

  27. the horizontal turning of a mounted gun to change direction of fire.

    Category: Military

  28. 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.

    Category: Machinery

  29. 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.

    Category: Surveying

  30. Law. a formal denial of some matter of fact alleged by the other side.

    Category: Law

  31. (adj.)lying, extending, or passing across; transverse.

Origin of traverse:

1250–1300; ME (n.) < MF 蠐 L trānsversus lying across, transverse; see trans -, versus

tra•vers′er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. trave, traverse, crossbeam, crosspiece(noun)

    a horizontal beam that extends across something

  2. transom, traverse(noun)

    a horizontal crosspiece across a window or separating a door from a window over it

  3. traversal, traverse(noun)

    taking a zigzag path on skis

  4. traversal, traverse(verb)

    travel across

  5. 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"

  6. 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"

  7. traverse, deny(verb)

    deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit

Wiktionary

  1. traverse(Noun)

    A route used in mountaineering, specifically rock climbing, in which the descent occurs by a different route than the ascent.

  2. traverse(Noun)

    In fortification, a mass of earth or other material employed to protect troops against enfilade. It is constructed at right angles to the parapet.

  3. traverse(Noun)

    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.

  4. traverse(Verb)

    To travel across, often under difficult conditions.

    He will have to traverse the mountain to get to the other side.

  5. traverse(Verb)

    To visit all parts of; to explore thoroughly; as, to traverse all nodes in a network.

  6. traverse(Verb)

    To rotate a gun around a vertical axis to bear upon a military target.

  7. traverse(Verb)

    To climb or descend a steep hill at a wide angle.

  8. Origin: From trans across + versus turned, perfect passive participle of vertere, turn

Webster Dictionary

  1. Traverse(adj)

    lying across; being in a direction across something else; as, paths cut with traverse trenches

  2. Traverse(adverb)

    athwart; across; crosswise

  3. Traverse(adj)

    anything that traverses, or crosses

  4. Traverse(adj)

    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

  5. Traverse(adj)

    a barrier, sliding door, movable screen, curtain, or the like

  6. Traverse(adj)

    a gallery or loft of communication from side to side of a church or other large building

  7. Traverse(adj)

    a work thrown up to intercept an enfilade, or reverse fire, along exposed passage, or line of work

  8. Traverse(adj)

    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

  9. Traverse(adj)

    the zigzag course or courses made by a ship in passing from one place to another; a compound course

  10. Traverse(adj)

    a line lying across a figure or other lines; a transversal

  11. Traverse(adj)

    a line surveyed across a plot of ground

  12. Traverse(adj)

    the turning of a gun so as to make it point in any desired direction

  13. Traverse(adj)

    a turning; a trick; a subterfuge

  14. Traverse(adj)

    to lay in a cross direction; to cross

  15. Traverse(adj)

    to cross by way of opposition; to thwart with obstacles; to obstruct; to bring to naught

  16. Traverse(adj)

    to wander over; to cross in traveling; as, to traverse the habitable globe

  17. Traverse(adj)

    to pass over and view; to survey carefully

  18. Traverse(adj)

    to turn to the one side or the other, in order to point in any direction; as, to traverse a cannon

  19. Traverse(adj)

    to plane in a direction across the grain of the wood; as, to traverse a board

  20. Traverse(adj)

    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

  21. Traverse(verb)

    to use the posture or motions of opposition or counteraction, as in fencing

  22. Traverse(verb)

    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

  23. Traverse(verb)

    to tread or move crosswise, as a horse that throws his croup to one side and his head to the other

Freebase

  1. Traverse

    Traverse is a method in the field of surveying to establish control networks. It is also used in geodesy. Traverse networks involve placing survey stations along a line or path of travel, and then using the previously surveyed points as a base for observing the next point. Traverse networks have many advantages, including: ⁕Less reconnaissance and organization needed; ⁕While in other systems, which may require the survey to be performed along a rigid polygon shape, the traverse can change to any shape and thus can accommodate a great deal of different terrains; ⁕Only a few observations need to be taken at each station, whereas in other survey networks a great deal of angular and linear observations need to be made and considered; ⁕Traverse networks are free of the strength of figure considerations that happen in triangular systems; ⁕Scale error does not add up as the traverse is performed. Azimuth swing errors can also be reduced by increasing the distance between stations. The traverse is more accurate than triangulateration.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. traverse

    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

Editors Contribution

  1. Traverse

    To descend or ascend.

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