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  6  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Traverse  \Trav"erse\,  adv 
  Athwart;  across  crosswise. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Traverse  \Trav"erse\,  n.  [F.  traverse.  See  {Traverse},  a.] 
  1.  Anything  that  traverses,  or  crosses.  Specifically: 
  a  Something  that  thwarts,  crosses,  or  obstructs;  a  cross 
  accident;  as  he  would  have  succeeded,  had  it  not  been 
  for  unlucky  traverses  not  under  his  control. 
  b  A  barrier,  sliding  door,  movable  screen,  curtain,  or 
  the  like 
  Men  drinken  and  the  travers  draw  anon. 
  And  the  entrance  of  the  king,  The  first  traverse 
  was  drawn.  --F.  Beaumont. 
  c  (Arch.)  A  gallery  or  loft  of  communication  from  side 
  to  side  of  a  church  or  other  large  building.  --Gwilt. 
  d  (Fort.)  A  work  thrown  up  to  intercept  an  enfilade,  or 
  reverse  fire,  along  exposed  passage,  or  line  of  work 
  e  (Law)  A  formal  denial  of  some  matter  of  fact  alleged 
  by  the  opposite  party  in  any  stage  of  the  pleadings. 
  The  technical  words  introducing  a  traverse  are  absque 
  hoc,  without  this  that  is  without  this  which 
  f  (Naut.)  The  zigzag  course  or  courses  made  by  a  ship  in 
  passing  from  one  place  to  another;  a  compound  course. 
  g  (Geom.)  A  line  lying  across  a  figure  or  other  lines;  a 
  h  (Surv.)  A  line  surveyed  across  a  plot  of  ground. 
  i  (Gun.)  The  turning  of  a  gun  so  as  to  make  it  point  in 
  any  desired  direction. 
  2.  A  turning;  a  trick;  a  subterfuge.  [Obs.] 
  {To  work  or  solve},  {a  traverse}  (Naut.),  to  reduce  a  series 
  of  courses  or  distances  to  an  equivalent  single  one  to 
  calculate  the  resultant  of  a  traverse. 
  {Traverse  board}  (Naut.),  a  small  board  hung  in  the  steerage, 
  having  the  points  of  the  compass  marked  on  it  and  for 
  each  point  as  many  holes  as  there  are  half  hours  in  a 
  watch.  It  is  used  for  recording  the  courses  made  by  the 
  ship  in  each  half  hour,  by  putting  a  peg  in  the 
  corresponding  hole. 
  {Traverse  jury}  (Law),  a  jury  that  tries  cases;  a  petit  jury. 
  {Traverse  sailing}  (Naut.),  a  sailing  by  compound  courses; 
  the  method  or  process  of  finding  the  resulting  course  and 
  distance  from  a  series  of  different  shorter  courses  and 
  distances  actually  passed  over  by  a  ship. 
  {Traverse  table}. 
  a  (Naut.  &  Surv.)  A  table  by  means  of  which  the 
  difference  of  latitude  and  departure  corresponding  to 
  any  given  course  and  distance  may  be  found  by 
  inspection.  It  contains  the  lengths  of  the  two  sides 
  of  a  right-angled  triangle,  usually  for  every  quarter 
  of  a  degree  of  angle,  and  for  lengths  of  the 
  hypothenuse,  from  1  to  100. 
  b  (Railroad)  A  platform  with  one  or  more  tracks,  and 
  arranged  to  move  laterally  on  wheels,  for  shifting 
  cars,  etc.,  from  one  line  of  track  to  another. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Traverse  \Trav"erse\,  a.  [OF.  travers,  L.  transversus,  p.  p.  of 
  transvertere  to  turn  or  direct  across  See  {Transverse},  and 
  cf  {Travers}.] 
  Lying  across  being  in  a  direction  across  something  else;  as 
  paths  cut  with  traverse  trenches. 
  Oak  .  .  .  being  strong  in  all  positions,  may  be  better 
  trusted  in  cross  and  traverse  work  --Sir  H. 
  The  ridges  of  the  fallow  field  traverse.  --Hayward. 
  {Traverse  drill}  (Mach.),  a  machine  tool  for  drilling  slots, 
  in  which  the  work  or  tool  has  a  lateral  motion  back  and 
  forth;  also  a  drilling  machine  in  which  the  spindle 
  holder  can  be  adjusted  laterally. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Traverse  \Trav"erse\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Traversed};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Traversing}.]  [Cf.  F.  traverser.  See  {Traverse},  a.] 
  1.  To  lay  in  a  cross  direction;  to  cross. 
  The  parts  should  be  often  traversed,  or  crossed,  by 
  the  flowing  of  the  folds.  --Dryden. 
  2.  To  cross  by  way  of  opposition;  to  thwart  with  obstacles; 
  to  obstruct;  to  bring  to  naught. 
  I  can  not  but  .  .  .  admit  the  force  of  this 
  reasoning,  which  I  yet  hope  to  traverse.  --Sir  W. 
  3.  To  wander  over  to  cross  in  traveling;  as  to  traverse  the 
  habitable  globe. 
  What  seas  you  traversed,  and  what  fields  you  fought. 
  4.  To  pass  over  and  view;  to  survey  carefully. 
  My  purpose  is  to  traverse  the  nature,  principles, 
  and  properties  of  this  detestable  vice  -- 
  ingratitude.  --South. 
  5.  (Gun.)  To  turn  to  the  one  side  or  the  other  in  order  to 
  point  in  any  direction;  as  to  traverse  a  cannon. 
  6.  (Carp.)  To  plane  in  a  direction  across  the  grain  of  the 
  wood;  as  to  traverse  a  board. 
  7.  (Law)  To  deny  formally,  as  what  the  opposite  party  has 
  alleged.  When  the  plaintiff  or  defendant  advances  new 
  matter,  he  avers  it  to  be  true,  and  traverses  what  the 
  other  party  has  affirmed.  To  traverse  an  indictment  or  an 
  office  is  to  deny  it 
  And  save  the  expense  of  long  litigious  laws,  Where 
  suits  are  traversed,  and  so  little  won  That  he  who 
  conquers  is  but  last  undone.  --Dryden. 
  {To  traverse  a  yard}  (Naut.),  to  brace  it  fore  and  aft. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Traverse  \Trav"erse\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  use  the  posture  or  motions  of  opposition  or 
  counteraction,  as  in  fencing. 
  To  see  thee  fight,  to  see  thee  foin,  to  see  thee 
  traverse.  --Shak. 
  2.  To  turn,  as  on  a  pivot;  to  move  round;  to  swivel;  as  the 
  needle  of  a  compass  traverses;  if  it  does  not  traverse 
  well  it  is  an  unsafe  guide. 
  3.  To  tread  or  move  crosswise,  as  a  horse  that  throws  his 
  croup  to  one  side  and  his  head  to  the  other 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  horizontal  beam  that  extends  across  something  [syn:  {trave}, 
  {crossbeam},  {crosspiece}] 
  2:  a  horizontal  piece  across  a  window  or  separating  a  door  from 
  a  window  over  it  [syn:  {transom}] 
  3:  taking  a  zigzag  path  on  skis  [syn:  {traversal}] 
  4:  travel  across  [syn:  {traversal}] 
  v  1:  travel  across  or  pass  over  "The  caravan  covered  almost  100 
  miles  each  day"  [syn:  {track},  {cover},  {cross},  {pass 
  over},  {get  over},  {get  across},  {cut  through},  {cut 
  2:  to  cover  a  wide  area;  "Rivers  traverse  the  valley  floor", 
  "The  parking  lot  spans  3  acres"  [syn:  {cross},  {span},  {sweep}] 
  3:  deny  formally  (an  allegation  of  fact  by  the  opposing  party) 
  in  a  legal  suit  [syn:  {deny}] 

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