[trans-vurs, tranz-; trans-vurs, tranz-]
- lying or extending across or in a cross direction; cross.
- (of a flute) having a mouth hole in the side of the tube, near its end, across which the player's breath is directed.Compare end-blown.
- (of an automotive engine) mounted with the crankshaft oriented sideways.
Origin of transverse
First recorded in 1610–20, transverse is from the Latin word trānsversus going or lying across, athwart. See traverse
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Related Wordscross, diagonal, oblique, slanting, transversal, alternate, crosswise, horizontal, pivot, shift, thwart, travel
Examples from the Web for transverse
In some quartz-mill sluices there are transverse riffle-bars.Hittel on Gold Mines and Mining
John S. Hittell
The spores soon separate by a transverse partition and fall off.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
“Yes, they did,” said the shepherd, looking aloft at the transverse stone.Lavengro
They develop with a transverse fissure into which the bark ingrows.
But at last they built a transverse section that promised to hold.Blow The Man Down
- crossing from side to side; athwart; crossways
- geometry denoting the axis that passes through the foci of a hyperbola
- (of a flute, etc) held almost at right angles to the player's mouth, so that the breath passes over a hole in the side to create a vibrating air column within the tube of the instrument
- astronomy another word for tangential (def. 2)
- a transverse piece or object
C16: from Latin transversus, from transvertere to turn across, from trans- + vertere to turn
Word Origin and History for transverse
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
transverse(trăns-vûrs′, trănz-, trăns′vûrs′, trănz′-)
- Lying across the long axis of the body or of a part.
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