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traverse

[trav-ers, truh-vurs]
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verb (used with object), trav·ersed, trav·ers·ing.
  1. to pass or move over, along, or through.
  2. to go to and fro over or along.
  3. to extend across or over: A bridge traverses the stream.
  4. to go up, down, or across (a rope, mountain, hill, etc.) at an angle: The climbers traversed the east face of the mountain.
  5. to ski across (a hill or slope).
  6. to cause to move laterally.
  7. to look over, examine, or consider carefully; review; survey.
  8. to go counter to; obstruct; thwart.
  9. to contradict or deny.
  10. Law.
    1. (in the law of pleading) to deny formally (an allegation of fact set forth in a previous pleading).
    2. to join issue upon.
  11. to turn and point (a gun) in any direction.
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verb (used without object), trav·ersed, trav·ers·ing.
  1. to pass along or go across something; cross: a point in the river where we could traverse.
  2. to ski across a hill or slope on a diagonal.
  3. to turn laterally, as a gun.
  4. Fencing. to glide the blade toward the hilt of the contestant's foil while applying pressure to the blade.
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noun
  1. the act of passing across, over, or through.
  2. something that crosses, obstructs, or thwarts; obstacle.
  3. a transversal or similar line.
  4. a place where one may traverse or cross; crossing.
  5. Architecture. a transverse gallery or loft of communication in a church or other large building.
  6. a bar, strip, rod, or other structural part placed or extending across; crosspiece; crossbar.
  7. a railing, lattice, or screen serving as a barrier.
  8. Nautical.
    1. the zigzag track of a vessel compelled by contrary winds or currents to sail on different courses.
    2. each of the runs in a single direction made in such sailing.
  9. Fortification.
    1. a defensive barrier, parapet, or the like, placed transversely.
    2. a defensive barrier thrown across the terreplein or the covered way of a fortification to protect it from enfilade fire.
  10. Gunnery. the horizontal turning of a gun so as to make it point in any required direction.
  11. Machinery.
    1. the motion of a lathe tool or grinding wheel along a piece of work.
    2. a part moving along a piece of work in this way, as the carriage of a lathe.
  12. Surveying. a series of intersecting surveyed lines whose lengths and angles of intersection, measured at instrument stations, are recorded graphically on a map and in numerical form in data tables.Compare closed traverse.
  13. Law. a formal denial of some matter of fact alleged by the other side.
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adjective
  1. lying, extending, or passing across; transverse.
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Origin of traverse

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English traversen < Middle French traverser to cross < Late Latin trānsversāre, derivative of Latin trānsversus (see trans-, versus); (noun) Middle English travers(e) < Middle French traverse (< Latin trānsversa something lying across, feminine of trānsversus) and travers (< Latin trānsversum passage across, neuter of trānsversus)
Related formstra·vers·a·ble, adjectivetra·vers·al, nountra·vers·er, nounnon·tra·vers·a·ble, adjectivere·trav·erse, verb, re·trav·ersed, re·trav·ers·ing.un·tra·vers·a·ble, adjectiveun·trav·ersed, adjective

Synonyms

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1. cross. 9. gainsay, dispute, challenge.
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  • She59 noticed the bag, its texture, and the words “Traversal—Toulon” stamped on it.

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British Dictionary definitions for traversal

traverse

verb
  1. to pass or go over or back and forth over (something); cross
  2. (tr) to go against; oppose; obstruct
  3. to move or cause to move sideways or crosswise
  4. (tr) to extend or reach across
  5. to turn (an artillery gun) laterally on its pivot or mount or (of an artillery gun) to turn laterally
  6. (tr) to look over or examine carefully
  7. (tr) law to deny (an allegation of fact), as in pleading
  8. (intr) fencing to slide one's blade towards an opponent's hilt while applying pressure against his blade
  9. mountaineering to move across (a face) horizontally
  10. (tr) nautical to brace (a yard) fore and aft
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noun
  1. something being or lying across, such as a transom
  2. a gallery or loft inside a building that crosses it
  3. maths another name for transversal (def. 1)
  4. an obstruction or hindrance
  5. fortifications a protective bank or other barrier across a trench or rampart
  6. a railing, screen, or curtain
  7. the act or an instance of traversing or crossing
  8. a path or road across
  9. nautical the zigzag course of a vessel tacking frequently
  10. law the formal denial of a fact alleged in the opposite party's pleading
  11. surveying a survey consisting of a series of straight lines, the length of each and the angle between them being measured
  12. mountaineering a horizontal move across a face
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adjective
  1. being or lying across; transverse
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adverb
  1. an archaic word for across
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Derived Formstraversable, adjectivetraversal, nountraverser, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French traverser, from Late Latin trānsversāre, from Latin trānsversus transverse
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Word Origin and History for traversal

traverse

v.

early 14c., "pass across, over, or through," from Old French traverser "to cross, thwart" (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *traversare, from Latin transversare "to cross, throw across," from Latin transversus "turn across" (see transverse). The noun meaning "act of passing through a gate, crossing a bridge, etc." is recorded from mid-14c.; meaning "a passage by which one may traverse" is recorded from 1670s. Military foritifcation sense of "barrier, barricade" is recorded from 1590s. Related: Traversed; traversing.

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