[trans-vurs, tranz-; trans-vurs, tranz-]
  1. lying or extending across or in a cross direction; cross.
  2. (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.
  3. (of an automotive engine) mounted with the crankshaft oriented sideways.
  1. something that is transverse.
  2. Nautical. web frame.
  3. Geometry. transverse axis.
  4. a city road that cuts through a park or other area of light traffic; shortcut.

Origin of transverse

First recorded in 1610–20, transverse is from the Latin word trānsversus going or lying across, athwart. See traverse
Related formstrans·verse·ly, adverbsub·trans·verse, adjectivesub·trans·verse·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of transverses

  • In long, underscoring lines of brutally strong trenches and transverses, went still more of the record.

    The Code of the Mountains

    Charles Neville Buck

British Dictionary definitions for transverses


  1. crossing from side to side; athwart; crossways
  2. geometry denoting the axis that passes through the foci of a hyperbola
  3. (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
  4. astronomy another word for tangential (def. 2)
  1. a transverse piece or object
Derived Formstransversely, adverbtransverseness, noun

Word Origin for transverse

C16: from Latin transversus, from transvertere to turn across, from trans- + vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for transverses



"lying across," early 15c. (earlier transversary, c.1400), from Latin transversus "turned or directed across," past participle of transvertere "turn across," from trans- "across" (see trans-) + vertere "to turn" (see versus). The verb transvert is recorded from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

transverses in Medicine


[trăns-vûrs, trănz-, trănsvûrs′, trănz-]
  1. Lying across the long axis of the body or of a part.
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