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traverse

verb tra·verse \ trə-ˈvərs also tra-ˈ or ˈtra-(ˌ) \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of traverse

traversed; traversing
transitive verb
1 a :to go or travel across or over
b :to move or pass along or through
  • light rays traversing a crystal
2 :to make a study of :examine
3 :to lie or extend across :cross
  • the bridge traverses a brook
4 a :to move to and fro over or along
b :to ascend, descend, or cross (a slope or gap) at an angle
c :to move (a gun) to right or left on a pivot
5 a :to go against or act in opposition to :oppose, thwart
b :to deny (something, such as an allegation of fact or an indictment) formally at law
6 :to make or carry out a survey of by using traverses
intransitive verb
1 :to move back and forth or from side to side
2 :to move or turn laterally :swivel
3 a :to climb at an angle or in a zigzag course
b :to ski across rather than straight down a hill
4 :to make a survey by using traverses

traversable

play \-ˈvər-sə-bəl, -(ˌ)vər-\ adjective

traverser

noun

Examples of traverse in a Sentence

  1. The candidates traversed the state throughout the campaign.

  2. The river traverses the county.

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Origin and Etymology of traverse

Middle English, from Anglo-French traverser, from Late Latin transversare, from Latin transversus

traverse Synonyms

Synonyms
course, cover, cross, cut (across), follow, go, navigate, pass (over), perambulate, peregrinate, proceed (along), track, transit, travel
Related Words
hike, traipse, tramp, tread, walk; ride, run; crisscross

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traverse

noun tra·verse \ ˈtra-vərs also -ˌvərs , especially for senses 6 and 8 also trə-ˈ or tra-ˈ \

Definition of traverse

1 :something that crosses or lies across
3 :a formal denial of a matter of fact alleged by the opposing party in a legal pleading
4 a :a compartment or recess formed by a partition, curtain, or screen
b :a gallery or loft providing access from one side to another in a large building
5 :a route or way across or over: such as
a :a zigzag course of a sailing ship with contrary winds
b :a curving or zigzag way up a steep grade
c :the course followed in traversing
6 :the act or an instance of traversing :crossing
7 :a protective projecting wall or bank of earth in a trench
8 a :a lateral movement (as of the saddle of a lathe carriage); also :a device for imparting such movement
b :the lateral movement of a gun about a pivot or on a carriage to change direction of fire
9 :a line surveyed across a plot of ground

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Origin and Etymology of traverse

Middle English travers, from Anglo-French travers (as in a travers, de travers across), from Latin transversum (as in in transversum set crosswise), neuter of transversus lying across; senses 5–9 in part from 1traverse — more at 1transverse


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traverse

adjective tra·verse \ ˈtra-(ˌ)vərs , trə-ˈ , tra-ˈ \

Definition of traverse

:lying across :transverse

First Known Use of traverse

15th century


TRAVERSE Defined for English Language Learners

traverse

verb

Definition of traverse for English Language Learners

  • : to move across (an area)


TRAVERSE Defined for Kids

traverse

verb tra·verse \ trə-ˈvərs \

Definition of traverse for Students

traversed; traversing
:to pass through, across, or over

Law Dictionary

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traverse

noun tra·verse \ ˈtra-ˌvərs, trə-ˈvərs \

legal Definition of traverse

:a denial of a matter of fact alleged in the opposing party's pleadings; also :a pleading in which such a denial is made

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traverse

transitive verb tra·verse \ trə-ˈvərs, ˈtra-ˌvərs \

legal Definition of traverse

:to deny (as an allegation of fact or an indictment) in a legal proceeding

Origin and Etymology of traverse

Anglo-French traverser, literally, to lay across, bar, impede, from Old French, from Late Latin transversare to cross, from Latin transversus lying across



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