noun tra·verse \ˈtra-vərs also -ˌvərs, especially for 6 & 8 also trə-ˈ or tra-ˈ\

Definition of TRAVERSE

:  something that crosses or lies across
:  a formal denial of a matter of fact alleged by the opposing party in a legal pleading
a :  a compartment or recess formed by a partition, curtain, or screen
b :  a gallery or loft providing access from one side to another in a large building
:  a route or way across or over: as
a :  a zigzag course of a sailing ship with contrary winds
b :  a curving or zigzag way up a steep grade
c :  the course followed in traversing
:  the act or an instance of traversing :  crossing
:  a protective projecting wall or bank of earth in a trench
a :  a lateral movement (as of the saddle of a lathe carriage); also :  a device for imparting such movement
b :  the lateral movement of a gun about a pivot or on a carriage to change direction of fire
:  a line surveyed across a plot of ground

Origin of TRAVERSE

Middle English travers, from Anglo-French travers (as in a travers, de travers across), from Latin transversum (as in in transversum set crosswise), neuter of transversus lying across; senses 5–9 in part from 2traverse — more at transverse
First Known Use: 14th century


verb tra·verse \trə-ˈvərs also tra-ˈ or ˈtra-(ˌ)\

: to move across (an area)


Full Definition of TRAVERSE

transitive verb
a :  to go against or act in opposition to :  oppose, thwart
b :  to deny (as an allegation of fact or an indictment) formally at law
a :  to go or travel across or over
b :  to move or pass along or through <light rays traversing a crystal>
:  to make a study of :  examine
:  to lie or extend across :  cross <the bridge traverses a brook>
a :  to move to and fro over or along
b :  to ascend, descend, or cross (a slope or gap) at an angle
c :  to move (a gun) to right or left on a pivot
:  to make or carry out a survey of by using traverses
intransitive verb
:  to move back and forth or from side to side
:  to move or turn laterally :  swivel
a :  to climb at an angle or in a zigzag course
b :  to ski across rather than straight down a hill
:  to make a survey by using traverses
tra·vers·able \-ˈvər-sə-bəl, -(ˌ)vər-\ adjective
tra·vers·er noun

Examples of TRAVERSE

  1. The candidates traversed the state throughout the campaign.
  2. The river traverses the county.

Origin of TRAVERSE

Middle English, from Anglo-French traverser, from Late Latin transversare, from Latin transversus
First Known Use: 14th century


adjective tra·verse \ˈtra-(ˌ)vərs, trə-ˈ, tra-ˈ\

Definition of TRAVERSE

:  lying across :  transverse

First Known Use of TRAVERSE

15th century
TRAVERSE Defined for Kids


verb tra·verse \trə-ˈvərs\

Definition of TRAVERSE for Kids

:  to pass through, across, or over
July 06, 2015
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