trav´ers|er

trav´ers|er
trav|erse «verb, adverb. TRAV uhrs, truh VURS; noun, adjective. TRAV uhrs», verb, -ersed, -ers|ing, noun, adjective, adverb.
–v.t.
1. to pass across, over, or through: »

We traversed the desert by truck.

2. to go to and fro over or along (a place, etc.); cross: »

The Duke traversed the apartment…in much agitation (Scott).

3. to lie, extend, or stretch across; cross; intersect: »

Deeply worn footpaths…traversing the country (Washington Irving).

4. to ski or climb diagonally across (a slope).
5. Figurative. to read, examine, or consider carefully: »

A field too wide to be fully traversed (Daniel Webster).

6. to move sideways or turn from side to side: »

The climber traversed a long horizontal crack in the face of the mountain slope.

7. to turn (as a cannon or surveyor's transit) to the right or left.
8. Figurative. to go counter to; oppose; hinder; thwart.
9. Law. to contradict or to deny formally in pleading. To traverse an indictment means to deny or disagree with an indictment. To traverse an office means to deny the validity of an inquest of office (a writ of inquiry into a question of property of the British Crown).
10. Nautical. to secure (a yard) fore and aft.
–v.i.
1. to move, pass, or go across or back and forth; cross.
2. (in the manège) to move or walk crosswise, as a horse that throws his croup to one side and his head to the other.
3. to turn on or as if on a pivot; swivel.
4. to ski or climb diagonally across a slope.
5. to move sideways, especially across the face of rock in mountain climbing.
6. (in fencing) to glide the blade along that of the opponent's foil, toward the hilt, while applying pressure.
–n.
1. the act of traversing; a passing across, over, or through; crossing.
2. something put or lying across, such as a crossbeam, transom, or rung of a ladder; crosspiece; transverse.
3. a) earth wall protecting a trench or an exposed place in a fortification. b) a screen, railing, or other barrier.
4. a gallery or loft from side to side in a church or other large building.
5. a single line of survey carried across a region; distance across.
6. a sideways motion, as of a ship, part in a machine, or mountain climbers.
7. a) the zigzag course taken by a ship because of contrary winds or currents. b) any one of the straight parts of such a course.
8. a line that crosses other lines.
9. a passage or way by which to cross: »

This traverse may the poorest take Without oppress of toll (Emily Dickinson).

10. Figurative. an obstacle; hindrance; opposition.
11. a) a changing of the direction of a gun to the right or left. b) the amount of such change.
12. Law. a formal denial of something alleged to be a fact by the opposing side.
–adj.
lying, passing, or extending across; cross; transverse: »

the traverse part of a cross.

–adv.
[< Old French traverser < Late Latin trānsversāre < Latin trānsversus; see etym. under transverse (Cf.transverse)]
trav´ers|a|ble, adjective.
trav´ers|er, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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