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Traverse meaning in English

Meaning of Traverse in English

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1. crossbeam, crosspiece, trave, traverse

a horizontal beam that extends across something

2. transom, traverse

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

3. traversal, traverse

taking a zigzag path on skis

4. traversal, traverse

travel across


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

travel across or pass over

Example Sentences:
'The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day'

6. cross, span, sweep, traverse

to cover or extend over an area or time period

Example Sentences:
'Rivers traverse the valley floor'
'The parking lot spans 3 acres'
'The novel spans three centuries'

7. deny, traverse

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

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of traverse
to pass or go over or back and forth over (something); cross
2. (transitive)
to go against; oppose; obstruct
to move or cause to move sideways or crosswise
4. (transitive)
to extend or reach across
to turn (an artillery gun) laterally on its pivot or mount or (of an artillery gun) to turn laterally
6. (transitive)
to look over or examine carefully
7. (transitive) law
to deny (an allegation of fact), as in pleading
8. (intransitive) fencing
to slide one's blade towards an opponent's hilt while applying pressure against his or her blade
9. mountaineering
to move across (a face) horizontally
10. (transitive) nautical
to brace (a yard) fore and aft
something being or lying across, such as a transom
a gallery or loft inside a building that crosses it
13. mathematics another name for transversal (sense 1)
an obstruction or hindrance
15. fortifications
a protective bank or other barrier across a trench or rampart
a railing, screen, or curtain
the act or an instance of traversing or crossing
a path or road across
19. nautical
the zigzag course of a vessel tacking frequently
20. law
the formal denial of a fact alleged in the opposite party's pleading
21. surveying
a survey consisting of a series of straight lines, the length of each and the angle between them being measured
22. mountaineering
a horizontal move across a face
being or lying across; transverse
24.  an archaic word for across

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see synonyms of traverse
verb transitiveWord forms: traˈversed or traˈversing
to pass, move, or extend over, across, or through; cross
to go back and forth over or along; cross and recross
to go counter to; oppose; thwart
to survey, inspect, or examine carefully
to turn (a gun, lathe, etc.) laterally; swivel
to make a traverse of in surveying
6.  Law
to deny or contradict formally (something alleged by the opposing party in a lawsuit)
to join issue upon (an indictment) or upon the validity of (an inquest of office)
7.  Nautical
to brace (a yard) fore and aft
verb intransitive
to move across; cross over
to move back and forth over a place, etc.; cross and recross
to swivel or pivot
to move across a mountain slope, as in skiing, in an oblique direction
to make a traverse in surveying
13.  Fencing
to move one's blade toward the opponent's hilt while pressing one's foil hard against the opponent's foil
nounWord forms: ˈtraverse
something that traverses or crosses
; specif.,
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.
f.  Obsolete
a screen, curtain, etc. placed crosswise
15.  Rare
something that opposes or thwarts; obstacle
the act or an instance of traversing
; specif.,
a passing across or through; crossing
a lateral, pivoting, oblique, or zigzagging movement
a part, device, etc. that causes a traversing movement
a passage by which one may cross; way across
a zigzagging course or route taken by a vessel, as in sailing against the wind
a single leg of such a course
a formal denial in a lawsuit
adjectiveWord forms: ˈtraverse
passing or extending across; transverse
designating or of drapes (and the rods and hooks for them) usually hung in pairs that can be drawn together or apart by pulling a cord at the side
adverbWord forms: ˈtraverse
23.  Obsolete
across; crosswise

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see synonyms of traverse
v. tra·versed, tra·vers·ing, tra·vers·es
a. To travel or pass across, over, or through: a ship traversing a channel; light traversing a window.
b. To move to and fro over; cross and recross: traversed the room in thought for an hour.
c. To go up, down, or across (a slope) diagonally, as in skiing.
2. To cause to move laterally on a pivot; swivel: traverse an artillery piece.
3. To extend across; cross: a bridge that traverses a river.
4. To look over carefully; examine: "Someday I plan to read the classics. Someday I plan to traverse their pages and see for myself what raw weight they wield" (Beck Hansen).
5. Archaic To go counter to; thwart.
6. Law
a. To deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a lawsuit.
b. To join issue upon (an indictment).
7. To survey by traverse.
8. Nautical To brace (a yard) fore and aft.
1. To move to the side or back and forth.
2. To turn laterally; swivel.
a. To go up, down, or across a slope diagonally or in a zigzag manner, as in skiing.
b. To slide one's blade with pressure toward the hilt of the opponent's foil in fencing.
n. trav·erse (trăvərs, trə-vûrs)
1. A passing across, over, or through.
2. A route or path across or over.
3. Something that lies across, especially:
a. An intersecting line; a transversal.
b. Architecture A structural crosspiece; a transom.
c. A gallery, deck, or loft crossing from one side of a building to the other.
d. A railing, curtain, screen, or similar barrier.
e. A defensive barrier across a rampart or trench, as a bank of earth thrown up to protect against enfilade fire.
4. Something that obstructs and thwarts; an obstacle.
5. Nautical The zigzag route of a vessel forced by contrary winds to sail on different courses.
6. A zigzag or diagonal course on a steep slope, as in skiing.
a. A lateral movement, as of a lathe tool across a piece of wood.
b. A part of a mechanism that moves in this manner.
c. The lateral swivel of a mounted gun.
8. A line established by sighting in surveying a tract of land.
9. Law A formal denial of the opposing party's allegation of fact in a lawsuit.
adj. trav·erse (trăvərs, trə-vûrs)
Lying or extending across; transverse.

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