transverse

[trans-vurs, tranz-; trans-vurs, tranz-]
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:
1610–20; < Latin trānsversus going or lying across, athwart. See traverse

transversely, adverb
subtransverse, adjective
subtransversely, adverb
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transverse (trænzˈvɜːs)
 
adj
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
 
n
5.  a transverse piece or object
 
[C16: from Latin transversus, from transvertere to turn across, from trans- + vertere to turn]
 
trans'versely
 
adv
 
trans'verseness
 
n

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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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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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Example sentences
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.
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