traverse

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin trans across + versus turned, perfect passive participle of vertere, turn

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Noun[edit]

traverse (plural traverses)

  1. (climbing) A route used in mountaineering, specifically rock climbing, in which the descent occurs by a different route than the ascent.
  2. (military) In fortification, a mass of earth or other material employed to protect troops against enfilade. It is constructed at right angles to the parapet.
  3. (surveying) A series of points, with angles and distances measured between, traveled around a subject, usually for use as "control" i.e. angular reference system for later surveying work.
  4. (obsolete) A screen or partition.
    • 1499, John Skelton, The Bowge of Court:
      Than sholde ye see there pressynge in a pace / Of one and other that wolde this lady see, / Whiche sat behynde a traves of sylke fyne, / Of golde of tessew the fynest that myghte be []
    • F. Beaumont
      At the entrance of the king, / The first traverse was drawn.
  5. Something that thwarts or obstructs.
    He would have succeeded, had it not been for unlucky traverses not under his control.
  6. A trick; a subterfuge.
  7. (architecture) A gallery or loft of communication from side to side of a church or other large building.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Gwilt to this entry?)
  8. (law) A formal denial of some matter of fact alleged by the opposite party in any stage of the pleadings. The technical words introducing a traverse are absque hoc ("without this", i.e. without what follows).
  9. (nautical) The zigzag course or courses made by a ship in passing from one place to another; a compound course.
  10. (geometry) A line lying across a figure or other lines; a transversal.
  11. (firearms) The turning of a gun so as to make it point in any desired direction.

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Verb[edit]

traverse (third-person singular simple present traverses, present participle traversing, simple past and past participle traversed)

  1. (transitive) To travel across, often under difficult conditions.
    He will have to traverse the mountain to get to the other side.
    • Alexander Pope
      what seas you traversed, and what fields you fought
  2. (transitive, computing) To visit all parts of; to explore thoroughly.
    to traverse all nodes in a network
  3. (artillery) To rotate a gun around a vertical axis to bear upon a military target.
    to traverse a cannon
  4. (climbing) To climb or descend a steep hill at a wide angle.
  5. To lay in a cross direction; to cross.
    • Dryden
      The parts should be often traversed, or crossed, by the flowing of the folds.
  6. To cross by way of opposition; to thwart with obstacles; to obstruct.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      I cannot but [] admit the force of this reasoning, which I yet hope to traverse.
  7. To pass over and view; to survey carefully.
    • South
      My purpose is to traverse the nature, principles, and properties of this detestable vice — ingratitude.
  8. (carpentry) To plane in a direction across the grain of the wood.
    to traverse a board
  9. (law) To deny formally.
    • Dryden
      And save the expense of long litigious laws, / Where suits are traversed, and so little won / That he who conquers is but last undone.

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Adverb[edit]

traverse (comparative more traverse, superlative most traverse)

  1. athwart; across; crosswise

Adjective[edit]

traverse (comparative more traverse, superlative most traverse)

  1. Lying across; being in a direction across something else.
    paths cut with traverse trenches
    • Sir H. Wotton
      Oak [] being strong in all positions, may be better trusted in cross and traverse work.
    • Hayward
      the ridges of the fallow field traverse

Derived terms[edit]

  • traverse drill

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French[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Vulgar Latin traversa, feminine of traversus.

Noun[edit]

traverse f (plural traverses)

  1. (rail transport) sleeper (UK), tie (US)

Etymology 2[edit]

Inflected forms.

Verb[edit]

traverse

  1. first-person singular present indicative of traverser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of traverser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of traverser
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of traverser
  5. second-person singular imperative of traverser

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

traverse f

  1. Feminine plural form of traverso

Noun[edit]

traverse f

  1. plural form of traversa

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