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1 a horizontal beam that extends across something [syn: trave, crossbeam, crosspiece]
2 a horizontal crosspiece across a window or separating a door from a window over it [syn: transom]
3 taking a zigzag path on skis [syn: traversal]
4 travel across [syn: traversal]


1 travel across or pass over; "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day" [syn: 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, span, sweep]
3 deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit [syn: deny]

User Contributed Dictionary



From trans across + versus turned, perfect passive participle of versare, turn


  • a UK /ˈtɹəˌvə(ɹ)s/ /"tr@%v@(r)s/


  1. A route used in mountaineering, specifically rock climbing.


  1. To travel across, often under difficult conditions.
    He will have to traverse the mountain before he gets to the other side.
  2. transitive computing To visit all parts of; to explore thoroughly; as, to traverse all nodes in a network.


to travel across, often under difficult conditions
computing: to visit all parts of; to explore thoroughly



  1. Feminine plural form of traverso


  1. Plural of traversa

Extensive Definition

For the 2009 crossover vehicle, see Chevrolet Traverse.
In fortification, a traverse is a mass of earth or other material employed to protect troops against enfilade. It is constructed at right angles to the parapet manned by the defenders, and is continued sufficiently far to the rear to give the protection required by the circumstances, which, moreover, determine its height.
In artillery, a gun is said to traverse when it is rotated around a vertical axis to bear upon a military target.
In Mountain Climbing, to traverse is the action of climbing or descending a steep hill at a wide angle in order to avoid injury, risk of falling, and exhaustion while walking.
In surveying, a traverse is a series of points, with angles and distances measured between, traveled around a subject, usually for use as "control" i.e. angular reference system for later surveying work.


traverse in Bulgarian: Траверса
traverse in German: Traverse
traverse in Dutch: Traverse
traverse in Norwegian: Travers
traverse in Russian: Траверс

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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