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.
- trans·verse·ly, adverb
- sub·trans·verse, adjective
- sub·trans·verse·ly, adverb
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How to use transverse in a sentence
The horizontal pressure due to a wind blowing transversely to the span, which becomes of importance in long and high bridges.
The four ropes are connected together by thinner ones of the same material, fastened over them transversely.
They are not perfectly flat; for besides the longitudinal curvature already mentioned, they are curved transversely.The Book of Curiosities | I. Platts
The male has very large horns, with three rounded angles at the base, flattened in front, and striated transversely.A Treatise on Sheep: | Ambrose Blacklock
His horns are of great size, transversely crumpled, with a simple curve, and a sharp extremity.The Desert World | Arthur Mangin
British Dictionary definitions for transverse
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
- transversely, adverb
- transverseness, noun
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