- 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
Related Words for transverselydiagonally, horizontally, vertically, crossways, crosswise, angular, athwart, awry, crisscross, cross, crossing, over, perpendicular, sideways, thwart, transverse, traverse, transversal, aslant, contrariwise
Examples from the Web for transversely
Historical Examples of transversely
The line of projection is transversely through the tuberosities.Gunshot Roentgenograms
Clyde S. Ford
The integument is transversely striated, and of a silvery-white appearance.Parasites
T. Spencer Cobbold
In fact, Lamarck says both shells are transversely striated.Zoological Illustrations, Volume III
Basidia transversely septate; teleutospores present; parasites.
Basidia transversely septate; no teleutospores; saprophytes.
- 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
Word Origin for transverse
Word Origin and History for transversely
transverse(trăns-vûrs′, trănz-, trăns′vûrs′, trănz′-)
- Lying across the long axis of the body or of a part.