tra·​vers·​al | \ trə-ˈvər-səl How to pronounce traversal (audio) also tra-ˈvər- or ˈtra-ˌvər- \

Definition of traversal

: the act or an instance of traversing

Examples of traversal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The character models used in the game's cinematic cut scenes are pretty much identical to those in traversal and combat, as well. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Final Fantasy VII Remake spoiler-free review: Our kind of Cloud gaming," 6 Apr. 2020 And the time spent between each highlight is often wasted on lengthy traversal through massive levels. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Boneworks review: An absolute VR mess—yet somehow momentous," 12 Dec. 2019 In his superb traversal of 20th-century classical music, Alex Ross argues for its profound power, including the power to illuminate the past. Jonathan Rosenberg, WSJ, "Five Best: Jonathan Rosenberg on Music, Politics and Society," 7 Feb. 2020 Lynchian for better, Lynchian for worse When the game isn't impressing with phenomenally fluid combat, rich ray tracing effects, or delightfully tricky puzzle-traversal moments, Control also comes with a standard-issue Remedy Studios plot. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Review: Control is Remedy’s best game yet—and a ray tracing masterpiece," 26 Aug. 2019 Does the world need another traversal of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas? Howard Reich,, "Best classical albums of 2019: World premieres, historic revivals and enticingly eclectic music," 27 Nov. 2019 Instead, the game's real victory is in traversal—in enabling it and in patting players on the back for doing it correctly. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Sunset Overdrive review: Ride the rails to kaboom-town (finally on PCs, too)," 17 Nov. 2018 After intermission — what, no popcorn, no hot dogs? — [Rostropovich] embarked on a characteristically soulful traversal of the Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony, which Los Angeles hadn’t heard since the Philharmonic played it last week. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: With withering wit, The Times’ irrepressible Martin Bernheimer transformed criticism," 1 Oct. 2019 The project will be released on recordings, marking Muti’s third such traversal, after versions with the La Scala and Philadelphia orchestras. Howard Reich,, "CSO review: Muti launches an epic Beethoven symphonies cycle before a packed Orchestra Hall," 27 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of traversal

1897, in the meaning defined above

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27 Apr 2020

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“Traversal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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