[trans-vur-suh l, tranz-]
  1. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for transversally

Historical Examples of transversally

  • The body of the portal is divided into two panels; a vast tympanum surmounts them transversally.

British Dictionary definitions for transversally


  1. geometry a line intersecting two or more other lines
  1. a less common word for transverse
Derived Formstransversally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for transversally



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

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