transverse

adjective
trans·​verse | \ tran(t)s-ˈvərs How to pronounce transverse (audio) , tranz-ˈvərs, ˈtran(t)s-ˌvərs, ˈtranz-ˌvərs How to pronounce transverse (audio) \

Definition of transverse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : acting, lying, or being across : set crosswise
2 : made at right angles to the long axis of the body a transverse section

transverse

noun
trans·​verse | \ ˈtran(t)s-ˌvərs How to pronounce transverse (audio) , ˈtranz- How to pronounce transverse (audio) \

Definition of transverse (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (such as a piece, section, or part) that is transverse

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Adjective

transversely adverb

Examples of transverse in a Sentence

Adjective The surgeon made a transverse incision across her abdomen.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Low transverse incisions are now standard in the United States. Anna Nowogrodzki, New York Times, "VBAC Facts: Is Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Right for You?," 17 Apr. 2020 Shoulder taps work you transverse abdominals and obliques as well. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "The Best At-Home Workouts to Help You Stay Healthy and Fit, According to Personal Trainers," 16 Mar. 2020 The transverse-engine GLA has available 4Matic all-wheel drive that primarily drives the front wheels but sends enough power around to improve acceleration in slippery conditions. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4Matic Shows Real Growth," 15 Apr. 2020 Also, seemingly forgotten by many, the C8 finally retires the Corvette's long-running transverse leaf springs front and rear (since 1984 at both ends and since 1963 at the rear), in favor of conventional coils. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "The mid-engined Corvette was 60 years in the making—now we’ve driven it," 25 Feb. 2020 Thompson said that the safety mechanism is similar to the tang safety of a shotgun and includes a mechanical block actuated by a transverse cam mounted on the side of the assembly. Outdoor Life, "Hunting with the Lupo, Benelli’s New Bolt-Action Rifle," 21 Jan. 2020 This big bucket of parts and designs is used to make all of the group's transverse-engine vehicles—everything from the Audi TT to the VW Atlas. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2019 Audi Q3 is a compelling crossover point of entry to the brand," 27 July 2019 This is Volkswagen’s sixth U.S.-market vehicle, from Golf to Atlas SUV, to be built on the company’s global MQB (transverse-engine front drive) platform. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Volkswagen Jetta: Return of the Great Cheap Car," 10 Aug. 2018 Well after Horch the man departed, the automaker was cranking out dual-overhead-cam straight-eights, servo-actuated brakes, four-wheel independent suspension, transverse leaf springs, and five-speed gearboxes. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "The Audi A8 May Go Electric and Ultra-Luxurious with a New High-End Model," 25 May 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Poor pavement conditions with both longitudinal and transverse pavement cracking. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two major road construction projects are scheduled for West Allis in 2023 — and the city wants input," 23 June 2020 The rock-solid, superbly finished unit body is suspended on front MacPherson struts with longitudinal torsion bars, and semi-trailing arms with transverse torsion bars at the rear. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Turbo Car vs. Turbo Bike: 1978 Porsche 930 Turbo vs. Kawasaki Z1-R TC," 10 June 2020 There may not be a cut in the film, but except for a couple of lengthy tracking shots (the transverse of no-man’s land comes close to a fun-house ride) the camera does not call attention to itself. Karl Vick, Time, "Sam Mendes on Taking World War I Out of the Trenches and Into the Theater in 1917," 3 Dec. 2019 This move works both the internal and external obliques as well as the transverse and rectus abdominis, says Mansour. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "2 Challenging Core Moves From Pink’s Trainer That Will Work Your Abs From All Angles," 6 Apr. 2018 Before canals carved up South Dade, sawgrass marshes that made up transverse glades allowed freshwater to flow in sheets east. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "The secret history of a hurricane hidden in Miami’s mangrove forest," 27 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of transverse

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for transverse

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin transversus, from trans- + -versus (as in adversus adverse)

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The first known use of transverse was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Transverse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transverse. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for transverse

transverse

adjective
How to pronounce transverse (audio) How to pronounce transverse (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of transverse

technical : lying or made across something

transverse

adjective
trans·​verse | \ trans-ˈvərs How to pronounce transverse (audio) \

Kids Definition of transverse

: lying or being across : placed crosswise

Other Words from transverse

transversely adverb

transverse

adjective
trans·​verse | \ tran(t)s-ˈvərs How to pronounce transverse (audio) , tranz- How to pronounce transverse (audio) , ˈtran(t)s-ˌ, ˈtranz-ˌ \

Medical Definition of transverse

1 : acting, lying, or being across : set crosswise
2 : made at right angles to the long axis of the body a transverse section

Other Words from transverse

transversely adverb

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