- to pass or move over, along, or through.
- to go to and fro over or along.
- to extend across or over: A bridge traverses the stream.
- to go up, down, or across (a rope, mountain, hill, etc.) at an angle: The climbers traversed the east face of the mountain.
- to ski across (a hill or slope).
- to cause to move laterally.
- to look over, examine, or consider carefully; review; survey.
- to go counter to; obstruct; thwart.
- to contradict or deny.
- (in the law of pleading) to deny formally (an allegation of fact set forth in a previous pleading).
- to join issue upon.
- to turn and point (a gun) in any direction.
- to pass along or go across something; cross: a point in the river where we could traverse.
- to ski across a hill or slope on a diagonal.
- to turn laterally, as a gun.
- Fencing. to glide the blade toward the hilt of the contestant's foil while applying pressure to the blade.
- the act of passing across, over, or through.
- something that crosses, obstructs, or thwarts; obstacle.
- a transversal or similar line.
- a place where one may traverse or cross; crossing.
- Architecture. a transverse gallery or loft of communication in a church or other large building.
- a bar, strip, rod, or other structural part placed or extending across; crosspiece; crossbar.
- a railing, lattice, or screen serving as a barrier.
- 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.
- Gunnery. the horizontal turning of a gun so as to make it point in any required direction.
- 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.
- 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.
- Law. a formal denial of some matter of fact alleged by the other side.
- lying, extending, or passing across; transverse.
Origin of traverse
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Examples from the Web for 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
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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
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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
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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
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.
- to pass or go over or back and forth over (something); cross
- (tr) to go against; oppose; obstruct
- to move or cause to move sideways or crosswise
- (tr) to extend or reach across
- to turn (an artillery gun) laterally on its pivot or mount or (of an artillery gun) to turn laterally
- (tr) to look over or examine carefully
- (tr) law to deny (an allegation of fact), as in pleading
- (intr) fencing to slide one's blade towards an opponent's hilt while applying pressure against his blade
- mountaineering to move across (a face) horizontally
- (tr) nautical to brace (a yard) fore and aft
- something being or lying across, such as a transom
- a gallery or loft inside a building that crosses it
- maths another name for transversal (def. 1)
- an obstruction or hindrance
- fortifications a protective bank or other barrier across a trench or rampart
- a railing, screen, or curtain
- the act or an instance of traversing or crossing
- a path or road across
- nautical the zigzag course of a vessel tacking frequently
- law the formal denial of a fact alleged in the opposite party's pleading
- surveying a survey consisting of a series of straight lines, the length of each and the angle between them being measured
- mountaineering a horizontal move across a face
- being or lying across; transverse
- an archaic word for across
Word Origin and History 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.