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, 17 Apr. 2020 Shoulder taps work you transverse abdominals and obliques as well. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 25 May 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The scissors exercise targets the lower part of your rectus abdominis (the muscles that run vertically along the front of your abdomen) as well as your transverse abdominis (the deepest core muscles that wrap around your spine and sides). Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 9 July 2022 Finally, moves like the shoulder tap and plank up-down that work on core stabilization—say, by resisting rotation or bending—challenge your transverse abdominis. Christa Sgobba, SELF, 27 Apr. 2022 This rotational plane is called the transverse plane. Jay Johnson, Outside Online, 16 Feb. 2021 There's nothing particularly interesting about the control-arm front and beam-axle rear suspension other than the transverse leaf spring that suspends the front. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 22 May 2022 Olmsted and Vaux, famously, insisted on sinking the transverse roads through Central Park, and asserted the importance of passive recreation—of strolling as a civilizing influence. Alexandra Lange, The New Yorker, 29 Apr. 2022 The plank up-down, V-up, and suitcase crunch work your rectus abdominis (the muscles along the front of your abdomen) and your deeper, stabilizing transverse abdominis muscles. Christa Sgobba, SELF, 20 Apr. 2022 Even the most spectacular one, the ground-story event room, for all its glowing wood and dramatic transverse arches, seems better suited for housing machines than people, and has something of the character of an airplane hangar. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 Your transverse abdominis, your rectus abdominis are playing such key parts in not only ensuring that you're streamlined, but in the propulsion as well. Greg Presto, Men's Health, 6 May 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for transverse

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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