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NOUN (4)

1. a horizontal beam that extends across something;
[syn: trave, traverse, crossbeam, crosspiece]

2. a horizontal crosspiece across a window or separating a door from a window over it;
[syn: transom, traverse]

3. taking a zigzag path on skis;
[syn: traversal, traverse]

4. travel across;
[syn: traversal, traverse]


VERB (3)

1. travel across or pass over;
- Example: "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"
[syn: traverse, track, cover, cross, pass over, get over, get across, cut through, cut across]

2. to cover or extend over an area or time period;
- Example: "Rivers traverse the valley floor", "The parking lot spans 3 acres"
- Example: "The novel spans three centuries"
[syn: cross, traverse, span, sweep]

3. deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit;
[syn: traverse, deny]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 folds. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To cross by way of opposition; to thwart with obstacles; to obstruct; to bring to naught. [1913 Webster] I can not but . . . admit the force of this reasoning, which I yet hope to traverse. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 3. To wander over; to cross in traveling; as, to traverse the habitable globe. [1913 Webster] What seas you traversed, and what fields you fought. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 4. To pass over and view; to survey carefully. [1913 Webster] My purpose is to traverse the nature, principles, and properties of this detestable vice -- ingratitude. --South. [1913 Webster] 5. (Gun.) To turn to the one side or the other, in order to point in any direction; as, to traverse a cannon. [1913 Webster] 6. (Carp.) To plane in a direction across the grain of the wood; as, to traverse a board. [1913 Webster] 7. (Law) 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. [1913 Webster] And save the expense of long litigious laws, Where suits are traversed, and so little won That he who conquers is but last undone. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] To traverse a yard (Naut.), to brace it fore and aft. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Traverse \Trav"erse\, v. i. 1. To use the posture or motions of opposition or counteraction, as in fencing. [1913 Webster] To see thee fight, to see thee foin, to see thee traverse. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] 3. To tread or move crosswise, as a horse that throws his croup to one side and his head to the other. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Traverse \Trav"erse\, adv. Athwart; across; crosswise. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 traverses not under his control. [1913 Webster] (b) A barrier, sliding door, movable screen, curtain, or the like. [1913 Webster] Men drinken and the travers draw anon. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] And the entrance of the king, The first traverse was drawn. --F. Beaumont. [1913 Webster] (c) (Arch.) A gallery or loft of communication from side to side of a church or other large building. --Gwilt. [1913 Webster] (d) (Fort.) A work thrown up to intercept an enfilade, or reverse fire, along exposed passage, or line of work. [1913 Webster] (e) (Law) 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. [1913 Webster] (f) (Naut.) The zigzag course or courses made by a ship in passing from one place to another; a compound course. [1913 Webster] (g) (Geom.) A line lying across a figure or other lines; a transversal. [1913 Webster] (h) (Surv.) A line surveyed across a plot of ground. [1913 Webster] (i) (Gun.) The turning of a gun so as to make it point in any desired direction. [1913 Webster] 2. A turning; a trick; a subterfuge. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] To work a traverse or To solve a traverse (Naut.), to reduce a series of courses or distances to an equivalent single one; to calculate the resultant of a traverse. Traverse board (Naut.), a small board hung in the steerage, having the points of the compass marked on it, and for each point as many holes as there are half hours in a watch. It is used for recording the courses made by the ship in each half hour, by putting a peg in the corresponding hole. Traverse jury (Law), a jury that tries cases; a petit jury. Traverse sailing (Naut.), a sailing by compound courses; the method or process of finding the resulting course and distance from a series of different shorter courses and distances actually passed over by a ship. Traverse table. (a) (Naut. & Surv.) A table by means of which the difference of latitude and departure corresponding to any given course and distance may be found by inspection. It contains the lengths of the two sides of a right-angled triangle, usually for every quarter of a degree of angle, and for lengths of the hypothenuse, from 1 to 100. (b) (Railroad) A platform with one or more tracks, and arranged to move laterally on wheels, for shifting cars, etc., from one line of track to another. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 . . . being strong in all positions, may be better trusted in cross and traverse work. --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster] The ridges of the fallow field traverse. --Hayward. [1913 Webster] Traverse drill (Mach.), a machine tool for drilling slots, in which the work or tool has a lateral motion back and forth; also, a drilling machine in which the spindle holder can be adjusted laterally. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

traverse n 1: a horizontal beam that extends across something [syn: trave, traverse, crossbeam, crosspiece] 2: a horizontal crosspiece across a window or separating a door from a window over it [syn: transom, traverse] 3: taking a zigzag path on skis [syn: traversal, traverse] 4: travel across [syn: traversal, traverse] v 1: travel across or pass over; "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day" [syn: traverse, track, cover, cross, pass over, get over, get across, cut through, cut across] 2: 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" [syn: cross, traverse, span, sweep] 3: deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit [syn: traverse, deny]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

166 Moby Thesaurus words for "traverse": across, across the grain, athwart, athwartships, bar, be at cross-purposes, be contrary to, belie, boat, bridge, buck, call into question, canoe, carry sail, challenge, check, circumnavigate, coast, combat, conflict with, consider, contemplate, contest, contradict, contrariwise, contravene, contrawise, controvert, counter, counteract, countervail, counterwork, course, cover, crisscross, cross, cross bitt, cross-grained, crossarm, crossbar, crosscut, crossing, crosspiece, crossway, crossways, crosswise, cruciate, cruise, cut across, decussate, deny, disaffirm, dismiss, dispute, do, doubletree, duel, examine, fight, gainsay, go across, go against, go by ship, go on shipboard, go over, go to sea, hurdle, impediment, impugn, inspect, intercross, intersect, investigate, join the opposition, lie across, look at, look into, look over, make a passage, measure, motorboat, navigate, negate, negative, not abide, oblique, obliquely, observe, obstruct, obstruction, oppose, oppugn, overpass, overthwart, pace, pass over, pass through, patrol, perambulate, peregrinate, pererrate, play at cross-purposes, ply, protest, quarter, range, range over, rebut, reconnoiter, reject, repel, resist, review, roam, row, rub, run, run against, run counter to, sail, sail round, sail the sea, scan, scour, scour the country, scout, scrutinize, scull, seafare, sideways, sidewise, singletree, snag, squash, squelch, steam, steamboat, study, stumbling block, survey, sweep, swingletree, take a voyage, take issue with, thwart, thwartly, thwartways, tour, track, tramp, transept, transit, transom, transversal, transverse, transversely, travel over, travel through, tread, vote against, voyage, walk, wander, whippletree, withstand, yacht
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

traversal in-order traversal post-order traversal pre-order traversal traverse Processing nodes in a graph one at a time, usually in some specified order. Traversal of a tree is recursively defined to mean visiting the root node and traversing its children. Visiting a node usually involves transforming it in some way or collecting data from it. In "pre-order traversal", a node is visited __before__ its children. In "post-order" traversal, a node is visited __after__ its children. The more rarely used "in-order" traversal is generally applicable only to binary trees, and is where you visit first a node's left child, then the node itself, and then its right child. For the binary tree: T / \ I S / \ D E A pre-order traversal visits the nodes in the order T I D E S. A post-order traversal visits them in the order D E I S T. An in-order traversal visits them in the order D I E T S. (2001-10-01)
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

TRAVERSE, crim. law practice. This is a technical term, which means to turnover: it is applied to an issue taken upon an indictment for a misdemeanor, and means nothing more than turning over or putting off the trial to a following sessions or assize; it has, perhaps with more propriety, been applied to the denying or taking issue upon an indictment, without reference to the delay of trial. Dick. Sess. 151; Burn's Just. h.t.; 4 Bl. Com. 351.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

TRAVERSE, pleading. This term, from the French traverser, signifies to deny or controvert anything which is alleged in the declaration, plea, replication or other pleadings; Lawes' Civ. Plead. 116, 117 there is no real distinction between traverses and denials, they are the same in substance. Willes. R. 224. however, a traverse, in the strict technical meaning, and more ordinary acceptation of the term, signifies a direct denial in formal words, "without this that," &c. Summary of Pleadings, 75; 1 Chit. Pl. 576, n. a. 2. All issues are traverses, although all traverses cannot be said to be issues, and the difference is this; issues are where one or more facts are affirmed on one side, and directly and merely denied on the other; but special traverses are where the matter asserted by one party is not directly and merely denied or put in issue. by the other, but he alleges some new matter or distinction inconsistent with what is previously stated, and then distinctly excludes the previous statement of his adversary. The new matter so alleged is called the inducement to the traverse, and the exclusion of the previous statement, the traverse itself. Lawes' Civ. Pl. 117. See, in general, 20 Vin. Abr. 339; Com. Dig. Pleader, G; Bac. Abr. Pleas, H; Yelv. R. 147, 8; 1 Saund. 22, n. 2; Gould. on Pl. ell. 7 Bouv. Inst. Index, n. t. 3. A traverse upon a traverse is one growing out of the same point, or subject matter, as is embraced in a preceding traverse on the other side. Gould on Pl. ch. 7, Sec. 42, n. It is a general rule, that a traverse, well tendered on one side, must be accepted on the other. And hence it follows, as a general rule, that there cannot be a traverse upon a traverse, if the, first traverse is material. The meaning of the rule is, that when one party has tendered a material traverse, the other cannot leave it and tender another of his own to the same point upon the inducement of the first traverse, but must join in that first tendered; otherwise the parties might alternately tender traverses to each other, in unlimited succession, without coming to an issue. Gould on Pl. ch. 7, Sec. 42. 4. In cases where the first traverse is immaterial, there may be a traverse upon a traverse. Id. ch. 7, Sec. 43. And where the plaintiff might be ousted of some right or liberty the law allows him, there may be a traverse upon a traverse, although the first traverse include what is material. Poph. 101; Mo. 350; Com. Dig. Pleader, G 18; Bac. Abr. Pleas, H 4; Hob. 104, marg.; Cro. Eliz. 99, 418; Gould on Pl. ch. 7, 44. 5. Traverses may be divided into general traverses, (q.v.) and special traverses. (q.v.) There is a third kind called a common traverse. (q.v.)
U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000):

Traverse -- U.S. County in Minnesota Population (2000): 4134 Housing Units (2000): 2199 Land area (2000): 574.087951 sq. miles (1486.880905 sq. km) Water area (2000): 11.870252 sq. miles (30.743811 sq. km) Total area (2000): 585.958203 sq. miles (1517.624716 sq. km) Located within: Minnesota (MN), FIPS 27 Location: 45.766649 N, 96.500058 W Headwords: Traverse Traverse, MN Traverse County Traverse County, MN