What does Traverse mean?

Definitions for Traverse
trəˈvɜrs, ˈtræv ərs; ˈtræv ərs, trəˈvɜrstra·verse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trave, traverse, crossbeam, crosspiecenoun

    a horizontal beam that extends across something

  2. transom, traversenoun

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

  3. traversal, traversenoun

    taking a zigzag path on skis

  4. traversal, traverseverb

    travel across

  5. traverse, track, cover, cross, pass over, get over, get across, cut through, cut acrossverb

    travel across or pass over

    "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"

  6. cross, traverse, span, sweepverb

    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, denyverb

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


  1. traversenoun

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

  2. traversenoun

    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. traversenoun

    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. traverseverb

    To travel across, often under difficult conditions.

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

  5. traverseverb

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

  6. traverseverb

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

  7. traverseverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Traverseadjective

    Lying across; lying athwart.

    Etymology: tranversus, Lat. traverse, Fr.

    The paths cut with traverse trenches much encumbered the carriages until the pioneers levelled them. John Hayward.

    Oak being strong in all positions, may be trusted in cross and traverse work for Summers. Henry Wotton, Architect.

  2. Traverseadverb

    Crosswise; athwart.

    Etymology: a travers, French.

    Bring water from some hanging grounds, in long furrows; and from those drawing it traverse to spread. Francis Bacon.

    The ridges of the fallow field lay traverse. John Hayward.

  3. Traversenoun

    The Tirsan cometh with all his generation; and if there be a mother from whom the whole lineage descended, there is a traverse placed in a loft where she sitteth. Francis Bacon.

    Some wind instruments are blown at a small hole in the side, which straiteneth the breath at the first entrance; the rather in respect of their traverse and stops above the hole, which performeth the fipple’s part. Francis Bacon.

    A just and lively picture of human nature in its actions, passions, and traverses of fortune. Dryden.

    He sees no defect in himself, but is satisfied that he should have carried on his designs well enough, had it not been for unlucky traverses not in his power. John Locke.

  4. Traverseprep.

    Through crosswise.

    He through the armed files
    Darts his experienc’d eye, and soon traverse
    The whole battalion views their order due. John Milton.

  5. To Traverseverb

    Etymology: traverser, Fr.

    Myself, and such
    As slept within the shadow of your power,
    Have wander’d with our traverst arms, and breath’d
    Our sufferance vainly. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.

    The parts should be often traversed or crossed by the flowing of the folds which loosely encompass them, without sitting too straight. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    This treatise has, since the first conception thereof, been often traversed with other thoughts. Henry Wotton.

    You save th’ expence of long litigious laws,
    Where suits are travers’d, and so little won,
    That he who conquers is but last undone. Dryden.

    John Bull thought himself now of age to look after his own affairs; Frog resolved to traverse this new project, and to make him uneasy in his own family. Arbuthnot.

    Without a good skill in history, and a new geography to understand him aright, one may lose himself in traversing the decree. Thomas Baker, Reflections on Learning.

    He many a walk travers’d
    Of stateliest covert, cedar, pine, or palm. John Milton.

    The lion smarting with the hunter’s spear,
    Though deeply wounded, no way yet dismay’d;
    In sullen fury traverses the plain,
    To find the vent’rous foe. Matthew Prior.

    Believe me, prince, there’s not an African
    That traverses our vast Numidian desarts
    In quest of prey, and lives upon his bow,
    But better practises these boasted virtues. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    What seas you travers’d and what fields you fought! Alexander Pope.

    My purpose is to traverse the nature, principles, and properties, of this detestable vice, ingratitude. Robert South, Sermons.

  6. To Traverseverb

    To use a posture of opposition in fencing.

    To see thee fight, to see thee traverse, to see thee here, to see thee there. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Traverseadjective

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

  2. Traverseadverb

    athwart; across; crosswise

  3. Traverseadjective

    anything that traverses, or crosses

  4. Traverseadjective

    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. Traverseadjective

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

  6. Traverseadjective

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

  7. Traverseadjective

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

  8. Traverseadjective

    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. Traverseadjective

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

  10. Traverseadjective

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

  11. Traverseadjective

    a line surveyed across a plot of ground

  12. Traverseadjective

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

  13. Traverseadjective

    a turning; a trick; a subterfuge

  14. Traverseadjective

    to lay in a cross direction; to cross

  15. Traverseadjective

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

  16. Traverseadjective

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

  17. Traverseadjective

    to pass over and view; to survey carefully

  18. Traverseadjective

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

  19. Traverseadjective

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

  20. Traverseadjective

    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. Traverseverb

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

  22. Traverseverb

    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. Traverseverb

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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Traverse

    trav′ėrs, adj. turned or lying across: denoting a method of cross-sailing.—n. anything laid or built across: something that crosses or obstructs: a turn: (law) a plea containing a denial of some fact alleged by an opponent: a work for protection from the fire of an enemy: a gallery from one side of a large building to another.—v.t. to cross: to pass over: to survey: to plane across the grain of the wood: (law) to deny an opponent's allegation.—v.i. (fencing) to use the motions of opposition or counteraction: to direct a gun to the right or left of its position.—adv. athwart, crosswise—(obs.) Trav′ers.—adj. Trav′ersable, that may be traversed or denied.—ns. Trav′erser; Trav′erse-tā′ble, a table or platform for shifting carriages to other rails; Trav′ersing-plat′form, a platform to support a gun and carriage which can easily be turned round. [L. trans, across, vertĕre, versum, to turn.]

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

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. traverse

    Denotes the several courses a ship makes under the changes of wind or manœuvres. It is self-evident that if she steered a course there would be no traverse. But her course being north, and the wind from the north, it is evident she could have but two courses open to her, E.N.E., or W.N.W. The reduction of the distances run on each course, corrected for variation and lee-way, constitutes the traverse table, from which the reckoning is deduced each day up to noon. From this zig-zag set of lines we have the term Tom Cox's traverse (which see). Also, in fortification, a mound, often of parapet form, raised to cover from enfilade or reverse fire. Also, to traverse a gun or mortar. To alter its direction from right to left, or vice versâ, with handspikes, tackles, &c.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. traverse

    The turning a gun so as to make it point in any desired direction.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Traverse is ranked #39281 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Traverse surname appeared 560 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Traverse.

    92.3% or 517 total occurrences were White.
    2.6% or 15 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.5% or 14 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 8 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Traverse in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Traverse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Traverse in a Sentence

  1. Rob Hentschel:

    Board Vice Chair Ron Clous did not break any rules or laws in what Board Vice Chair Ron Clous did, the claims of intimidation are greatly exaggerated. The speaker has been a regular commenter for over 2 years who has often criticized but always been welcomed by the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners.

  2. Jinlene Chan:

    Throughout -- from every single point the vaccine has to traverse -- we have to maintain it at that temperature. Otherwise, there is a risk of some degradation and the vaccine possibly becoming less effective, we need to make sure that there is some capability to store it appropriately until it is ready to use.

  3. Duncan Greatwood:

    The greatest benefits will come with great levels of interconnectedness, allowing an artificial intelligence app to determine exactly which street lights should be brightened as cyclists traverse along local bike paths or having smart stop signs communicate with autonomous vehicles.

  4. David Schenker:

    Israel, like Jordan, is susceptible to the problem that all the states in the region are, regardless of if you can secure your borders, the ideology can traverse.

  5. Superintendent Rob Neu:

    This is the first in a series of tough decisions ahead as we traverse through this very difficult financial time.

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