[trans-vur-suh l, tranz-]



Geometry. a line intersecting two or more lines.

Origin of transversal

1400–50; late Middle English (adj.) < Medieval Latin trānsversālis. See transverse, -al1
Related formstrans·ver·sal·ly, adverbin·ter·trans·ver·sal, adjectivesub·trans·ver·sal, adjectivesub·trans·ver·sal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for transversal

cross, crossing, crosswise, diagonal, oblique, slanting, thwart, traverse

Examples from the Web for transversal

Historical Examples of transversal

  • Abrane tried the transversal enclosing this favoured number.

  • The others have transversal sockets like our present hatchets.

    Primitive Man

    Louis Figuier

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

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for transversal



geometry a line intersecting two or more other lines


a less common word for transverse
Derived Formstransversally, adverb
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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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