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trans·verse

 (trăns-vûrs′, trănz-, trăns′vûrs′, trănz′-)
adj.
Situated or lying across; crosswise.
n.
Something, such as a part or beam, that is transverse.

[Latin trānsversus, from past participle of trānsvertere, to turn across : trāns, trans- + vertere, to turn; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

trans·verse′ly adv.
trans·verse′ness n.
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transverse

(trænzˈvɜːs)
adj
1. crossing from side to side; athwart; crossways
2. (Mathematics) geometry denoting the axis that passes through the foci of a hyperbola
3. (Instruments) (of a flute, etc) held almost at right angles to the player's mouth, so that the breath passes over a hole in the side to create a vibrating air column within the tube of the instrument
4. (Astronomy) astronomy another word for tangential2
n
a transverse piece or object
[C16: from Latin transversus, from transvertere to turn across, from trans- + vertere to turn]
transˈversely adv
transˈverseness n
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trans•verse

(trænsˈvɜrs, trænz-; ˈtræns vɜrs, ˈtrænz-)

adj.
1. lying or extending across or in a cross direction; cross.
2. (of a flute) having a mouth hole in the side of the tube, near its end, across which the player's breath is directed. Compare end-blown.
n.
3. something that is transverse.
[1610–20; < Latin trānsversus going or lying across, athwart. See traverse]
trans•verse′ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.transverse - extending or lying acrosstransverse - extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction; at right angles to the long axis; "cross members should be all steel"; "from the transverse hall the stairway ascends gracefully"; "transversal vibrations"; "transverse colon"
crosswise - lying or extending across the length of a thing or in a cross direction; "a crosswise street"; "the crosswise dimension"
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transverse

adjective crossways, diagonal, oblique, crosswise, athwart one of the table's transverse supports
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transverse

adjective
Situated or lying across:
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Translations

transverse

[ˈtrænzvɜːs] ADJtransverso, transversal
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transverse

[trænzˈvɜːrs] adjtransversal(e)
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transverse

adjQuer-; musclestransversal; positionhorizontal; enginequer stehend; transverse beamQuerbalken m; transverse sectionQuerschnitt m
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transverse

[ˈtrænzvɜːs] adjtrasversale
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trans·verse

a. transversal, atravesado-a;
___ coloncolon ___;
___ plainplano ___.
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References in classic literature ?
In the days when the aether was less in doubt, we should have said that what was happening was a certain kind of transverse vibration in the aether.
Blocks and tackle, placed at their extremities, afforded the means of elevating the balloon, by the aid of a transverse rope.
I remarked, among others, some germons, a species of mackerel as large as a tunny, with bluish sides, and striped with transverse bands, that disappear with the animal's life.
It seemed such a little thing, so bright and small and still, faintly marked with transverse stripes, and slightly flattened from the perfect round.
With respect to the horse, I have collected cases in England of the spinal stripe in horses of the most distinct breeds, and of all colours; transverse bars on the legs are not rare in duns, mouse-duns, and in one instance in a chestnut: a faint shoulder-stripe may sometimes be seen in duns, and I have seen a trace in a bay horse.
At one end of this ghastly apartment was a large fire-grate, over the top of which were stretched some transverse iron bars, half devoured with rust.
Transverse to the length were innumerable tables made of slabs of polished stone, raised perhaps a foot from the floor, and upon these were heaps of fruits.
Three miles further she cut across the straight and deserted Roman road called Long-Ash Lane; leaving which as soon as she reached it she dipped down a hill by a transverse lane into the small town or village of Evershead, being now about halfway over the distance.
Our seats, into which we strapped ourselves, were so arranged upon transverse bars that we would be upright whether the craft were ploughing her way downward into the bowels of the earth, or running horizontally along some great seam of coal, or rising vertically toward the surface again.
The frame of the house was constructed of large bamboos planted uprightly, and secured together at intervals by transverse stalks of the light wood of the habiscus, lashed with thongs of bark.
Paddling over it, you may see, many feet beneath the surface, the schools of perch and shiners, perhaps only an inch long, yet the former easily distinguished by their transverse bars, and you think that they must be ascetic fish that find a subsistence there.
But I should interpret those transverse wrinkles as expressing rather such slight psychological abnormality--"