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

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Recent Examples on the Web The combat and traversal in other survival games are implemented as means to an end — something to do before getting back to the more important work of mining and grinding. Luke Winkie, Vulture, "The Best Video Games of 2021 (So Far)," 9 Apr. 2021 Similarly, while there will no doubt be winding passageways and bridges to fall off of, as promised, the physical space here seems a lot more expansive, which allows for horseback traversal and combat. Paul Tassi, Forbes, "Leaked ‘Elden Ring’ Trailer Shows Brighter, Bigger Evolution For FromSoftware," 2 Mar. 2021 Armada is simply three ships out in the ocean, with boats, ziplines and old-fashioned swimming as your main methods of traversal. Washington Post, "The faster, stronger ‘Black Ops’ multiplayer returns in ‘Cold War’," 9 Sep. 2020 In the same month-long launch window—which occurs every 26 months, when the planet aligns with Earth for easier traversal—it will likely be joined by China’s Tianwen-1 orbiter and lander, also a first mission to Mars for the rising space power. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "Summer on Mars: NASA's Perseverance Rover Is One of Three Missions Ready to Launch," 7 July 2020 The Salt vulnerabilities are CVE-2020-11651, an authentication bypass, and CVE-2020-11652, a directory traversal. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Cisco security breach hits corporate servers that ran unpatched software," 28 May 2020 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

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First Known Use of traversal

1841, in the meaning defined above

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24 Apr 2021

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“Traversal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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