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Definition of Traverse


  1. Lying across; being in a direction across something else; as, paths cut with traverse trenches.
  2. Athwart; across; crosswise.
  3. Anything that traverses, or crosses.
  4. 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.
  5. A barrier, sliding door, movable screen, curtain, or the like.
  6. A gallery or loft of communication from side to side of a church or other large building.
  7. A work thrown up to intercept an enfilade, or reverse fire, along exposed passage, or line of work.
  8. 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.
  9. The zigzag course or courses made by a ship in passing from one place to another; a compound course.
  10. A line lying across a figure or other lines; a transversal.
  11. A line surveyed across a plot of ground.
  12. The turning of a gun so as to make it point in any desired direction.
  13. A turning; a trick; a subterfuge.
  14. To lay in a cross direction; to cross.
  15. To cross by way of opposition; to thwart with obstacles; to obstruct; to bring to naught.
  16. To wander over; to cross in traveling; as, to traverse the habitable globe.
  17. To pass over and view; to survey carefully.
  18. To turn to the one side or the other, in order to point in any direction; as, to traverse a cannon.
  19. To plane in a direction across the grain of the wood; as, to traverse a board.
  20. 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.
  21. To use the posture or motions of opposition or counteraction, as in fencing.
  22. 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.
  23. To tread or move crosswise, as a horse that throws his croup to one side and his head to the other.

Traverse Quotations

Any beings advanced enough to traverse interstellar distances are at least a thousand years beyond our technical level. Spending gobs of time examining our missiles is equivalent to sending the Air Force back to the Middle Ages and insisting they examine the chain mail factories.
Seth Shostak

Building a company isn't that different from climbing a big mountain. You need people helping you traverse treacherous paths and to lift you up when you fall.
Vivek Wadhwa

The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.
Helen Keller

You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all.

But I think once the word gets out that the movie is funny - funny is transcendent - it will traverse all demographic barriers if people embrace it as a funny movie.
Thomas Haden Church
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Traverse Translations

traverse in German is durchqueren
traverse in Swedish is travers, genomkorsa
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