• Traverse Definition & Synonyms
- (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.
- (adv.) Athwart; across; crosswise.
- (a.) 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.
- (a.) A barrier, sliding door, movable screen, curtain, or the like.
- (v. i.) To tread or move crosswise, as a horse that throws his croup to one side and his head to the other.
- (a.) To lay in a cross direction; to cross.
- (a.) To turn to the one side or the other, in order to point in any direction; as, to traverse a cannon.
- (a.) A work thrown up to intercept an enfilade, or reverse fire, along exposed passage, or line of work.
- (a.) 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.
- (v. i.) 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.
- (a.) To wander over; to cross in traveling; as, to traverse the habitable globe.
- (a.) To pass over and view; to survey carefully.
- (a.) A line lying across a figure or other lines; a transversal.
- (a.) A line surveyed across a plot of ground.
- (a.) Anything that traverses, or crosses.
- (v. i.) To use the posture or motions of opposition or counteraction, as in fencing.
- (a.) The turning of a gun so as to make it point in any desired direction.
- (a.) To plane in a direction across the grain of the wood; as, to traverse a board.
- (a.) A gallery or loft of communication from side to side of a church or other large building.
- (a.) The zigzag course or courses made by a ship in passing from one place to another; a compound course.
- (a.) Lying across; being in a direction across something else; as, paths cut with traverse trenches.
- (a.) To cross by way of opposition; to thwart with obstacles; to obstruct; to bring to naught.
- (a.) A turning; a trick; a subterfuge.
• Traverser Definition & Synonyms
- (n.) One who traverses, or denies.
- (n.) One who, or that which, traverses, or moves, as an index on a scale, and the like.
- (n.) A traverse table. See under Traverse, n.