verb (used with object), trav·ersed, trav·ers·ing.
- (in the law of pleading) to deny formally (an allegation of fact set forth in a previous pleading).
- to join issue upon.
verb (used without object), trav·ersed, trav·ers·ing.
- the zigzag track of a vessel compelled by contrary winds or currents to sail on different courses.
- each of the runs in a single direction made in such sailing.
- a defensive barrier, parapet, or the like, placed transversely.
- a defensive barrier thrown across the terreplein or the covered way of a fortification to protect it from enfilade fire.
- the motion of a lathe tool or grinding wheel along a piece of work.
- a part moving along a piece of work in this way, as the carriage of a lathe.
Origin of traverse
Synonyms for traverse
Related Words for traversespan, tread, crisscross, cross, ply, bisect, roam, bridge, peregrinate, do, track, decussate, perambulate, cover, negotiate, walk, pace, range, intersect, quarter
Examples from the Web for traverse
Contemporary Examples of traverse
He was known to traverse Brooklyn to visit somebody a decade older than himself in a nursing home.How Brooklyn’s First Ice Cream Girl Fought City Hall–and Won
October 13, 2014
The heat makes beads of sweat run down your armpits and traverse your hips before dampening your drawers.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
Extend your Fourth of July vacation with a trip to Traverse City, also known as the “cherry capital of the world.”America’s Best Summer Food Festivals
July 5, 2014
Elizabeth Banks stars as a woman who has to traverse a city after losing her wallet post-one-night stand.Why We Need to Stop Using the Phrase ‘Walk of Shame’
May 1, 2014
Maps are enormous, and players have to traverse huge amounts of terrain.‘Killzone: Shadow Fall’ Review: Oh My God, This PlayStation 4 Game Is Beautiful
November 19, 2013
Historical Examples of traverse
It is in your power to make their bed of down, and to enliven the ground they have yet to traverse with flowers.Imogen
They believed the range might yet show a rift at this end which their wagons could traverse.When the West Was Young
Frederick R. Bechdolt
The blows of the sea seemed to traverse it in an unringing, stunning shock, from side to side.Typhoon
"I was just telling Miss Day that she was much better, sir," said Traverse.
"Be sure to persuade your mother to come, Traverse," said Clara.
Word Origin for traverse
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.