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transverse

[trans-vurs, tranz-; trans-vurs, tranz-] /trænsˈvɜrs, trænz-; ˈtræns vɜrs, ˈtrænz-/
adjective
1.
lying or extending across or in a cross direction; cross.
2.
(of a flute) having a mouth hole in the side of the tube, near its end, across which the player's breath is directed.
Compare end-blown.
3.
(of an automotive engine) mounted with the crankshaft oriented sideways.
noun
4.
something that is transverse.
5.
Nautical, web frame.
6.
Geometry, transverse axis.
7.
a city road that cuts through a park or other area of light traffic; shortcut.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin trānsversus going or lying across, athwart. See traverse
Related forms
transversely, adverb
subtransverse, adjective
subtransversely, adverb
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Examples for transversely
  • He was thick both straight through and transversely.
  • The repair technique can be applied either transversely or longitudinally on the pavement where deteriorations are detected.
British Dictionary definitions for transversely

transverse

/trænzˈvɜːs/
adjective
1.
crossing from side to side; athwart; crossways
2.
(geometry) denoting the axis that passes through the foci of a hyperbola
3.
(of a flute, etc) held almost at right angles to the player's mouth, so that the breath passes over a hole in the side to create a vibrating air column within the tube of the instrument
4.
(astronomy) another word for tangential (sense 2)
noun
5.
a transverse piece or object
Derived Forms
transversely, adverb
transverseness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin transversus, from transvertere to turn across, from trans- + vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for transversely
transverse
"lying across," 1590s (earlier transversary, c.1400), from L. transversus "turned or directed across," pp. of transvertere "turn across," from trans- "across" + vertere "to turn" (see versus). The verb transvert is recorded from early 15c.
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transversely in Medicine

transverse trans·verse (trāns-vûrs', trānz-, trāns'vûrs', trānz'-)
adj.
Lying across the long axis of the body or of a part.

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