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transversal

[trans-vur-suh l, tranz-] /trænsˈvɜr səl, trænz-/
adjective
noun
2.
Geometry. a line intersecting two or more lines.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English (adj.) < Medieval Latin trānsversālis. See transverse, -al1
Related forms
transversally, adverb
intertransversal, adjective
subtransversal, adjective
subtransversally, adverb
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Examples from the web for transversal
  • In particle matter the energy spreads in two dual ways via transversal and longitudinal waves.
  • In the figure shown, parallel lines j and k are cut by transversal m.
British Dictionary definitions for transversal

transversal

/trænzˈvɜːsəl/
noun
1.
(geometry) a line intersecting two or more other lines
adjective
2.
a less common word for transverse
Derived Forms
transversally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for transversal
adj.

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin transversalis (mid-13c.), from transvers-, stem of transvertere (see transverse).As a noun, from 1590s.

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