transverse ‎(comparative more transverse, superlative most transverse)

  1. Situated or lying across; side to side, relative to some defined "forward" direction.
  2. (geometry, of an intersection) Not tangent: so that a nondegenerate angle is formed between the two things intersecting.

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transverse ‎(plural transverses)

  1. Anything that is transverse or athwart.
  2. (geometry) The longer, or transverse, axis of an ellipse.



transverse ‎(third-person singular simple present transverses, present participle transversing, simple past and past participle transversed)

  1. (transitive) To overturn; to change.
    • Rev. Charles Leslie
      And so long shall her censures, when justly passed, have their effect: how then can they be altered or transversed, suspended or superseded, by a temporal government, that must vanish and come to nothing?
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To change from prose into verse, or from verse into prose.
    • 1671, Villiers, George, The Rehearsal[1], published 1770, Act 1, Scene 1:
      Bayes: Why, thus, Sir; nothing so easy when understood; I take a book in my hand, either at home or elsewhere, for that's all one, if there be any wit in't, as there is no book but has some, I transverse it; that is, if it be prose, put it into verse, (but that takes up some time) and if it be verse, put it into prose.