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Definitions of traverse

  1. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. to cover a wide area; "Rivers traverse the valley floor", "The parking lot spans 3 acres" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a horizontal beam that extends across something Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a horizontal crosspiece across a window or separating a door from a window over it Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. taking a zigzag path on skis Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. travel across Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. to cover or extend over an area or time period; "Rivers traverse the valley floor", "The parking lot spans 3 acres"; "The novel spans three centuries" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. Lying across; being in a direction across something else; as, paths cut with traverse trenches. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Athwart; across; crosswise. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Anything that traverses, or crosses. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A barrier, sliding door, movable screen, curtain, or the like. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. A gallery or loft of communication from side to side of a church or other large building. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. A work thrown up to intercept an enfilade, or reverse fire, along exposed passage, or line of work. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. The zigzag course or courses made by a ship in passing from one place to another; a compound course. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. A line lying across a figure or other lines; a transversal. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. A line surveyed across a plot of ground. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. The turning of a gun so as to make it point in any desired direction. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. A turning; a trick; a subterfuge. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. To lay in a cross direction; to cross. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. To cross by way of opposition; to thwart with obstacles; to obstruct; to bring to naught. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. To wander over; to cross in traveling; as, to traverse the habitable globe. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. To pass over and view; to survey carefully. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To turn to the one side or the other, in order to point in any direction; as, to traverse a cannon. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. To plane in a direction across the grain of the wood; as, to traverse a board. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. To deny formally, as what the opposite party has alleged. When the plaintiff or defendant advances new matter, he avers it to be true, and traverses what the other party has affirmed. To traverse an indictment or an office is to deny it. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. To use the posture or motions of opposition or counteraction, as in fencing. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. To turn, as on a pivot; to move round; to swivel; as, the needle of a compass traverses; if it does not traverse well, it is an unsafe guide. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. To tread or move crosswise, as a horse that throws his croup to one side and his head to the other. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. Lying or being across. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  33. Athwart or crosswise. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  34. A crosspiece; something placed across something else; a passage across. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  35. To lay or place crosswise; to thwart or cross in opposition; to cross in traveling. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  36. To turn, as on a pivot; to walk or move across. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  37. Traversed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  38. Traversing. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  39. Turned or lying across: denoting a method of cross-sailing. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  40. Anything laid or built across: something that crosses or obstructs: a turn: (law) a plea containing a denial of some fact alleged by an opponent: a work for protection from the fire of an enemy. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  41. To cross: to pass over: to survey: (law) to deny what an opponent has alleged. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  42. (fencing) To oppose a movement: to direct a gun to the right or left of its position. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  43. TRAVERSER. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  44. Anything across; a barrier; plea containing a denial. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  45. Lying across. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  46. To cross; to deny an allegation. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  47. To move crosswise. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  48. To move across; pass through or over. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  49. To examine carefully. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  50. To deny; oppose; thwart. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  51. Anything that traverses; a crosspiece; screen; barrier. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  52. The act of traversing; a journey; passage; denial. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  53. Athwart; cross-wise. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  54. Anything laid or built across; something that thwarts, crosses or obstructs; a turning; a trick; a parapet made across the covert-way to prevent its being enfiladed; a gallery or loft of communication in any large building; a denial of what the opposite party has advanced in any stage of the pleadings. Traverse-sailing, the mode of computing the place of a ship by reducing several short courses to one larger course. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  55. To lay in a cross direction; to thwart; to obstruct; to travel over; to survey carefully; to turn and point in any direction; to plane across the grain; to deny what the opposite party has alleged. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  56. To turn, as on a pivot; to move round; to swivel; to cut the tread crosswise, as a horse that throws his croup to one side and his head to the other; to use the posture or motions of opposition. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  57. trav'[.e]rs, adj. turned or lying across: denoting a method of cross-sailing.--n. anything laid or built across: something that crosses or obstructs: a turn: (law) a plea containing a denial of some fact alleged by an opponent: a work for protection from the fire of an enemy: a gallery from one side of a large building to another.--v.t. to cross: to pass over: to survey: to plane across the grain of the wood: (law) to deny an opponent's allegation.--v.i. (fencing) to use the motions of opposition or counteraction: to direct a gun to the right or left of its position.--adv. athwart, crosswise-- (obs.) TRAV'ERS.--adj. TRAV'ERSABLE, that may be traversed or denied.--ns. TRAV'ERSER; TRAV'ERSE-T[=A]'BLE, a table or platform for shifting carriages to other rails; TRAV'ERSING-PLAT'FORM, a platform to support a gun and carriage which can easily be turned round. [L. trans, across, vert[)e]re, versum, to turn.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  58. (Archaic in gen. use) = TRANSVERSE; (Herald.) crossing shield from side to side; t. sailing (on zigzag track). (N.) thing, esp. part of structure, that crosses another; (Fortif.) earth work in form of parapet protecting covered way &c.; gallery from side to side of church &c.; (Geom.) transversal line; (Naut.) zigzag line taken by ship owing to contrary winds or currents (work, solve, a t., compute direct distance so covered); sideways movement of part in machine; sideways motion across face of precipice from one practicable line of ascent or descent to another, place where this is necessary; (Law) denial esp. of allegation of matter of fact; (archaic) thwarting circumstance; turning of gun to required direction; t.-table, nautical table used in solving tt., platform for shifting engine &c. from one line of rails to another. (Vb) travel or lie across, as must t. a vast extent of country, district traversed by canals, wall traversed by beam; make a t. in climbing; (fig.) consider, discuss, the whole extent of (subject); turn (gun); plane (wood) across grain; deny esp. (Law) in pleading; thwart, frustrate, oppose, (plan, opinion); (of needle of compass &c.) turn (as) on pivot; (of horse) walk crosswise; traversing pulley (running over rope &c. that supports it). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  59. [L.] (Mil.) Mound of earth placed generally across the terreplein of a rampart, to prevent the effect of ricochet fire (q.v.). Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  60. [L.] To take the bearings and distances along roads and boundaries with an instrument ; for the purpose of plotting (q.v.) their outlines upon paper. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  61. adv. Crosswise; athwart. Cabinet Dictionary
  62. n. Any thing that traverses or crosses;-something that thwarts or obstructs:-a cross accident:-in architecture, a barrier, movable screen, or curtain;- gallery or loft of communication in a church or other large building ;-a work thrown up to intercept an enfilade or reverse fire along any line of work;- in law, a formal denial of some matter of fact alleged by the opposite party in any stage of the pleadings;-in geometry, a line or plane cutting or intersecting other lines or planes; --in navigation, the variation of a ship’s course, or the zig-zag line of its progress caused from tacking, wearing, leeway, cross currents, &c. ;-a flexure ; a turning;-a subterfuge; a trick. Cabinet Dictionary

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