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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:

Traversing \Trav"ers*ing\, a. Adjustable laterally; having a lateral motion, or a swinging motion; adapted for giving lateral motion. [1913 Webster] Traversing plate (Mil.), one of two thick iron plates at the hinder part of a gun carriage, where the handspike is applied in traversing the piece. --Wilhelm. Traversing platform (Mil.), a platform for traversing guns. [1913 Webster]