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Meaning of transverse by Wiktionary Dictionary



    transverse ( comparative more transverse, superlative most transverse )

    1. Situated or lying across; side to side, relative to some defined "forward" direction .
    2. ( geometry, of an intersection ) Not tangent: so that a nondegenerate angle is formed between the two things intersecting .



    transverse ( third-person singular simple present transverses present participle transversing, simple past and past participle transversed )

    1. ( obsolete ) To change from prose into verse, or from verse into prose .
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Explanation of transverse by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. extending or lying across

    2. from the transverse hall the stairway ascends gracefully
      transverse colon

    Definition of transverse by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Transverse a. [L. transversus, p. p. of transvertere to turn on direct across; trans across + vertere to turn: cf. F. transverse. See Verse, and cf. Traverse.] Lying or being across, or in a crosswise direction; athwart; -- often opposed to longitudinal.

      Transverse axis ( of an ellipse or hyperbola ) ( Geom. ), that axis which passes through the foci. -- Transverse partition ( Bot. ), a partition, as of a pericarp, at right angles with the valves, as in the siliques of mustard.

    2. Transverse n.
      1. Anything that is transverse or athwart.

      2. ( Geom. ) The longer, or transverse, axis of an ellipse.

    3. Transverse v. t. [imp. & p. p. Transversed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Transversing.] To overturn; to change. [R.] C. Leslie.

    4. Transverse, v. t. [Pref. trans- + verse, n. Cf.Transpose.] To change from prose into verse, or from verse into prose. [Obs.] Duke of Buckingham.