traverse

traverse
['travəs, trə'və:s]
verb
1》 travel or extend across or through.
    ↘cross a rock face by means of a series of sideways movements from one practicable line of ascent or descent to another.
    ↘ski diagonally across (a slope), losing only a little height.
2》 move back and forth or sideways.
    ↘turn (a large gun or other device on a pivot) to face a different direction.
3》 Law deny (an allegation) in pleading.
    ↘archaic thwart (a plan).
noun
1》 an act of traversing.
    ↘a zigzag course taken by a ship.
2》 a part of a structure that extends or is fixed across something.
    ↘a gallery extending from side to side of a church or other building.
3》 a mechanism enabling a large gun to be traversed.
    ↘the sideways movement of a part in a machine.
4》 a single line of survey, usually plotted from compass bearings and chained or paced distances between angular points.
5》 Military a pair of right-angled bends incorporated in a trench to avoid enfilading fire.
Derivatives
traversable adjective
traversal noun
traverser noun
Origin
ME: from OFr. traverser, from late L. traversare; the noun is from OFr. travers (masculine), traverse (fem.), partly based on traverser.

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  • Traverse — Trav erse, n. [F. traverse. See {Traverse}, a.] 1. Anything that traverses, or crosses. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) Something that thwarts, crosses, or obstructs; a cross accident; as, he would have succeeded, had it not been for unlucky… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • traverse — Traverse. subst. fem. Piece de bois qu on met de travers, pour en assembler ou pour en affermir d autres. Il faudroit mettre là une traverse, des traverses. Traverse, Terme de fortification. Il se dit d Une tranchée qui se fait dans un fossé sec… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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  • Traverse — Trav erse, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Traversed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Traversing}.] [Cf. F. traverser. See {Traverse}, a.] 1. To lay in a cross direction; to cross. [1913 Webster] The parts should be often traversed, or crossed, by the flowing of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • traverse — [trə vʉrs′, trav′ərs; ] for n. [, ] adj. [, & ] adv. [, trav′ərs, trə vʉrs′] vt. traversed, traversing [ME traversen < OFr traverser < VL < * transversare < L transversus, pp. of transvertere, to turn across < trans , TRANS +… …   English World dictionary

  • Traverse — Trav erse, a. [OF. travers, L. transversus, p. p. of transvertere to turn or direct across. See {Transverse}, and cf. {Travers}.] Lying across; being in a direction across something else; as, paths cut with traverse trenches. [1913 Webster] Oak …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • traversé — Traversé, [travers]ée. part. Il a les significations de son verbe. On dit d Un cheval fort de dessous, & large de poitrail, qu Il est traversé, bien traversé. On dit aussi quelquefois, d Un homme, d un soldat qui est d une taille quarrée, & qui a …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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