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# transversal

[trans-vur-suh l, tranz-] /trænsˈvɜr səl, trænz-/
1.
noun
2.
Geometry. a line intersecting two or more lines.
Origin of transversal
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English (adj.) < Medieval Latin trānsversālis. See transverse, -al1
Related forms
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Examples from the Web for transversal
Historical Examples
• Abrane tried the transversal enclosing this favoured number.

George Meredith
• The others have transversal sockets like our present hatchets.

Louis Figuier
• The great majority are divided into two storeys by means of a transversal partition.

J. Henri Fabre
• She next builds a second transversal partition and a second longitudinal partition perpendicular to it.

J. Henri Fabre
• In the second or transversal wave, the vibration of the particle at P takes place in a plane at right angles to FP.

Charles Davison
• It was in fact only a small square of stuff hanging from a transversal baton.

Francis Miltoun
• Thus the vibration of the air is said to be longitudinal, but the vibrations of the Aether are transversal.

William George Hooper
• His forehead is covered with transversal folds; he has no muzzle, properly speaking, but a kind of snout like that of a hog.

Arthur Mangin
• He gave an interesting proposition relating to plane and spherical triangles, their sides being cut by a transversal.

David Eugene Smith
• If two parallel lines are cut by a transversal, the alternate-interior angles are equal.

David Eugene Smith
British Dictionary definitions for transversal

## transversal

/trænzˈvɜːsəl/
noun
1.
(geometry) a line intersecting two or more other lines
2.
a less common word for transverse
Derived Forms
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Word Origin and History for transversal

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin transversalis (mid-13c.), from transvers-, stem of transvertere (see transverse).As a noun, from 1590s.

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