transverse

adjective
trans·verse | \ tran(t)s-ˈvərs , tranz-ˈvərs , ˈtran(t)s-ˌvərs , ˈtranz-ˌvərs \

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 , ˈtranz- \

Definition of transverse (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other words from transverse

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

In addition to the triceps work, the list of muscles working here includes rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis and internal and external obliques. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "This Triceps Move From Chelsea Handler's Trainer Doubles as a Killer Core Exercise," 2 May 2018 Schechter was diagnosed with idiopathic transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spine. Nadia Kounang, CNN, "Getting off opioids with medical marijuana: Patients turn to pot over pills," 29 Apr. 2018 My fieldwork partners in Kotama explained to me that Kichwa-Otavaleño transverse flute music and spiral dancing represent the motion of celestial bodies and people’s relationships with Pachamama (Mother Spacetime). Smithsonian, "Andean Solstice Celebrations Capture the Wondrous Churn of Spacetime," 22 June 2018 Radebaugh compares Pluto’s dunes to the smaller, confined desert dunes of North America, like those in the Mesquite Flat area of Death Valley or the transverse dunes of the Taklamakan of western China. National Geographic, "Surprise! Pluto Has Dunes Made of Methane 'Sand'," 31 May 2018 Women with diastasis recti can be taught how to engage their transverse abdominals and pelvic floor, which is crucial to recovery. Angela Garbes, The Cut, "What If We Told Women the Truth About What Birth Can Do to Their Bodies?," 15 May 2018 Experts also agree that no more than two prior low transverse cesarean incisions are best when trying for a VBAC to avoid risk of uterine rupture. Mariko Zapf, Good Housekeeping, "I Had A Successful Vaginal Birth After A Cesarean (VBAC)—Here's What You Need To Know," 16 Nov. 2017 In addition to sculpting your butt, this move challenges your obliques and transverse abdominis, aka your waist-cinching muscles. NBC News, "5 simple exercises for stronger, tighter glutes," 2 May 2018 Named after a species of tree that is native to the Pacific Coast in the U.S. (and grows up to 135 feet high in height), the Atlas Tanoak is the first pickup based on Volkswagen’s MQB or modular transverse matrix architecture. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Art Daybook: An ‘Abundant’ view," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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transverse

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of transverse

: lying or made across something

transverse

adjective
trans·verse | \ trans-ˈvərs \

Kids Definition of transverse

: lying or being across : placed crosswise

Other words from transverse

transversely adverb

transverse

adjective
trans·verse | \ tran(t)s-ˈvərs , tranz- , 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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