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transverse (trænzˈvɜːs)
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
5.  a transverse piece or object
[C16: from Latin transversus, from transvertere to turn across, from trans- + vertere to turn]

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