Traverse sailing
Traverse Trav"erse, n. [F. traverse. See {Traverse}, a.] 1. Anything that traverses, or crosses. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) Something that thwarts, crosses, or obstructs; a cross accident; as, he would have succeeded, had it not been for unlucky traverses not under his control. [1913 Webster] (b) A barrier, sliding door, movable screen, curtain, or the like. [1913 Webster]

Men drinken and the travers draw anon. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

And the entrance of the king, The first traverse was drawn. --F. Beaumont. [1913 Webster] (c) (Arch.) A gallery or loft of communication from side to side of a church or other large building. --Gwilt. [1913 Webster] (d) (Fort.) A work thrown up to intercept an enfilade, or reverse fire, along exposed passage, or line of work. [1913 Webster] (e) (Law) A formal denial of some matter of fact alleged by the opposite party in any stage of the pleadings. The technical words introducing a traverse are absque hoc, without this; that is, without this which follows. [1913 Webster] (f) (Naut.) The zigzag course or courses made by a ship in passing from one place to another; a compound course. [1913 Webster] (g) (Geom.) A line lying across a figure or other lines; a transversal. [1913 Webster] (h) (Surv.) A line surveyed across a plot of ground. [1913 Webster] (i) (Gun.) The turning of a gun so as to make it point in any desired direction. [1913 Webster]

2. A turning; a trick; a subterfuge. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

{To work a traverse} or {To solve a traverse} (Naut.), to reduce a series of courses or distances to an equivalent single one; to calculate the resultant of a traverse.

{Traverse board} (Naut.), a small board hung in the steerage, having the points of the compass marked on it, and for each point as many holes as there are half hours in a watch. It is used for recording the courses made by the ship in each half hour, by putting a peg in the corresponding hole.

{Traverse jury} (Law), a jury that tries cases; a petit jury.

{Traverse sailing} (Naut.), a sailing by compound courses; the method or process of finding the resulting course and distance from a series of different shorter courses and distances actually passed over by a ship.

{Traverse table}. (a) (Naut. & Surv.) A table by means of which the difference of latitude and departure corresponding to any given course and distance may be found by inspection. It contains the lengths of the two sides of a right-angled triangle, usually for every quarter of a degree of angle, and for lengths of the hypothenuse, from 1 to 100. (b) (Railroad) A platform with one or more tracks, and arranged to move laterally on wheels, for shifting cars, etc., from one line of track to another. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Traverse — Trav erse, n. [F. traverse. See {Traverse}, a.] 1. Anything that traverses, or crosses. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) Something that thwarts, crosses, or obstructs; a cross accident; as, he would have succeeded, had it not been for unlucky… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Traverse board — Traverse Trav erse, n. [F. traverse. See {Traverse}, a.] 1. Anything that traverses, or crosses. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) Something that thwarts, crosses, or obstructs; a cross accident; as, he would have succeeded, had it not been for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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