traverse
I. noun Etymology: 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 2traverse — more at transverse Date: 14th century 1. something that crosses or lies across 2. obstacle, adversity 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: 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 II. verb (traversed; traversing) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French traverser, from Late Latin transversare, from Latin transversus Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to go against or act in opposition to ; oppose, thwart b. to deny (as an allegation of fact or an indictment) formally at law 2. a. to go or travel across or over b. to move or pass along or through <
light rays traversing a crystal
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3. to make a study of ; examine 4. to lie or extend across ; cross <
the bridge traverses a brook
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5. 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 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 adjectivetraverser noun III. adjective Date: 15th century lying across ; transverse

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  • traverse — [ travɛrs ] n. f. • à traverseXII e; lat. pop. °traversa, fém. subst. de tra(ns)versus→ travers 1 ♦ Loc. adv. À LA TRAVERSE Vx De travers, de côté. ♢ (XIIIe) Vx ou littér. En travers, en faisant obstacle. Loc. prép. « Encore u …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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 — Traverse. subst. fem. Piece de bois qu on met de travers, pour en assembler ou pour en affermir d autres. Il faudroit mettre là une traverse, des traverses. Traverse, Terme de fortification. Il se dit d Une tranchée qui se fait dans un fossé sec… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Traverse — (von französisch traverse ‚Querbalken‘) bezeichnet: einen Querbalken, Ausleger in der Technik ein Verbindungsstück zur Aufnahme von Kräften: Traverse (mechanischer Träger), einen mechanischen Träger Traverse (Veranstaltungstechnik), einen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Traverse — Trav erse, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Traversed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Traversing}.] [Cf. F. traverser. See {Traverse}, a.] 1. To lay in a cross direction; to cross. [1913 Webster] The parts should be often traversed, or crossed, by the flowing of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • traverse — tra·verse 1 / tra ˌvərs, trə vərs/ n: a denial of a matter of fact alleged in the opposing party s pleadings; also: a pleading in which such a denial is made tra·verse 2 /trə vərs, tra ˌvərs/ vt [Anglo French traverser, literally, to lay across,… …   Law dictionary

  • traversé — traversé, ée (tra vèr sé, sée) part. passé de traverser. 1°   Au travers de quoi on a passé. •   L océan, étonné de se voir traversé tant de fois, BOSSUET Reine d Anglet.. •   Le rocher traversé, se présente un abîme, LAMOTTE Fabl. IV, 13.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • traverse — [trə vʉrs′, trav′ərs; ] for n. [, ] adj. [, & ] adv. [, trav′ərs, trə vʉrs′] vt. traversed, traversing [ME traversen < OFr traverser < VL < * transversare < L transversus, pp. of transvertere, to turn across < trans , TRANS +… …   English World dictionary

  • Traverse — Trav erse, a. [OF. travers, L. transversus, p. p. of transvertere to turn or direct across. See {Transverse}, and cf. {Travers}.] Lying across; being in a direction across something else; as, paths cut with traverse trenches. [1913 Webster] Oak …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • traverse — proprement, c est une sente ou rue qui destourne à Travers du droict et grand chemin, Via transuersa, Selon ce dit on, les postes estre assises en traverse, quand la Cour estant hors grand chemin, les postes laissent le droict de leur assiette,… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • traversé — Traversé, [travers]ée. part. Il a les significations de son verbe. On dit d Un cheval fort de dessous, & large de poitrail, qu Il est traversé, bien traversé. On dit aussi quelquefois, d Un homme, d un soldat qui est d une taille quarrée, & qui a …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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