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transverse (comparative more transverse, superlative most transverse)

  1. Situated or lying across; side to side, relative to some defined "forward" direction; identified with movement across areas.
  2. (geometry, of an intersection) Not tangent: so that a nondegenerate angle is formed between the two things intersecting.


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transverse (plural transverses)

  1. Anything that is transverse or athwart.
  2. (geometry) The longer, or transverse, axis of an ellipse.



transverse (third-person singular simple present transverses, present participle transversing, simple past and past participle transversed)

  1. (transitive) To overturn; to change.
    • Rev. Charles Leslie
      And so long shall her censures, when justly passed, have their effect: how then can they be altered or transversed, suspended or superseded, by a temporal government, that must vanish and come to nothing?
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To change from prose into verse, or from verse into prose.
    • 1671, Villiers, George, The Rehearsal[1], published 1770, Act 1, Scene 1:
      Bayes: Why, thus, Sir; nothing so easy when understood; I take a book in my hand, either at home or elsewhere, for that's all one, if there be any wit in't, as there is no book but has some, I transverse it; that is, if it be prose, put it into verse, (but that takes up some time) and if it be verse, put it into prose.




  1. vocative masculine singular of trānsversus