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[trans-vurs, tranz-; trans-vurs, tranz-] /trænsˈvɜrs, trænz-; ˈtræns vɜrs, ˈtrænz-/
lying or extending across or in a cross direction; cross.
(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.
(of an automotive engine) mounted with the crankshaft oriented sideways.
something that is transverse.
Nautical, web frame.
Geometry, transverse axis.
a city road that cuts through a park or other area of light traffic; shortcut.
Origin of transverse
1610-20; < Latin trānsversus going or lying across, athwart. See traverse
Related forms
transversely, adverb
subtransverse, adjective
subtransversely, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for transverse
  • The second section, the transverse colon, crosses the upper abdomen to the left side.
  • Thus the trajectory of the photon, or the transverse component of its momentum is meaningless.
  • He suffered fractured transverse processes in three vertebrae in his lower back.
  • Collins suffered chipped transverse processes in a vertebrae.
  • Under the plan, the crosstown transverse roads would remain open to traffic.
  • In the high tower, when the night is quiet, blows the transverse bamboo.
  • The open release procedure involves simply cutting the transverse carpal ligament.
  • The diagnosis was transverse myelitis, an inflammation across the spinal cord, and the prognosis was grim: complete paralysis.
  • Sticking out at an angle from the circular body of the vertebra, there is a wing of bone called the transverse process.
  • The polyps were removed from the ascending and transverse colon.
British Dictionary definitions for transverse


crossing from side to side; athwart; crossways
(geometry) denoting the axis that passes through the foci of a hyperbola
(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
(astronomy) another word for tangential (sense 2)
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 transverse

"lying across," early 15c. (earlier transversary, c.1400), from Latin transversus "turned or directed across," past participle of transvertere "turn across," from trans- "across" (see trans-) + vertere "to turn" (see versus). The verb transvert is recorded from late 14c.

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transverse in Medicine

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

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