trans·​ver·​sal | \ tran(t)s-ˈvər-səl How to pronounce transversal (audio) , tranz- \

Definition of transversal

: a line that intersects a system of lines

Examples of transversal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The transversal arch is absent in modern-day gorillas and chimpanzees, which have flat and flexible feet. Meagan Cantwell, Science | AAAS, "This long-overlooked part of our foot may be key to walking upright," 26 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of transversal

circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for transversal

transversal, adjective, transverse, from Middle English, from Medieval Latin transversalis, from Latin transversus

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“Transversal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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