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.

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

  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.

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

  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.

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

  4. traverseverb

    To travel across, often under difficult conditions.

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

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

  5. traverseverb

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

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

  6. traverseverb

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

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

  7. traverseverb

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

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

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.

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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. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo):

    When your passions cannot be controlled by your conscience, then you become enslaved; you will lead a disruptive existence unable to traverse life’s daily decisions.

  2. Superintendent Rob Neu:

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

  3. Horace:

    You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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