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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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

The K-Cars — badged Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant — were the first front-wheel-drive, transverse-engine, six-passenger cars built in the United States. Royal Ford, BostonGlobe.com, "Auto executive Lee Iacocca, who rescued Chrysler and helped launch the Ford Mustang, dies at 94," 3 July 2019 And then a lot of work on the transverse abdominis, a lot of exercises that will engage that, like bird dogs. Tim Ferriss, Outside Online, "How Amelia Boone Trains, Eats, and Wins," 25 June 2019 Instead, those deep breaths cause the woman's transverse abdominals to curl around the baby, lift the pelvic floor, and raise the baby into the rib cage. Redbook, "This Bizarre Breathing Technique Can Literally Make Pregnant Women's Baby Bumps Disappear," 19 May 2017 As Mansour mentioned, the exercise targets the deepest core muscle that wraps around your sides and spine, the transverse abdominis. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Naomi Campbell Trains While She Travels With This One Versatile Core Move," 23 Nov. 2018 My party-talk includes a long disquisition on Sir Alec Issigonis and the enduring awesomeness of the original Mini (1959), a car whose packaging (front-transverse engine, front drive) set the template for generations of cheap, fuel-efficient cars. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Mini Cooper Countryman PHEV: Worthwhile Drive, Worthless Battery," 18 Oct. 2018 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

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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

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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