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:
(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.
(b) A barrier, sliding door, movable screen, curtain, or
Men drinken and the travers draw anon.
And the entrance of the king,
The first traverse was drawn. --F. Beaumont.
(c) (Arch.) A gallery or loft of communication from side
to side of a church or other large building. --Gwilt.
(d) (Fort.) A work thrown up to intercept an enfilade, or
reverse fire, along exposed passage, or line of work.
(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
(f) (Naut.) The zigzag course or courses made by a ship in
passing from one place to another; a compound course.
(g) (Geom.) A line lying across a figure or other lines; a
(h) (Surv.) A line surveyed across a plot of ground.
(i) (Gun.) The turning of a gun so as to make it point in
any desired direction.
2. A turning; a trick; a subterfuge. [Obs.]
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
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.
(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.