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traverse
Part of Speech: Noun
Results: 23
1. Lying across; being in a direction across something else; as, paths cut with traverse trenches.
2. Anything that traverses, or crosses.
3. 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.
4. A barrier, sliding door, movable screen, curtain, or the like.
8. The zigzag course or courses made by a ship in passing from one place to another; a compound course.
10. A line surveyed across a plot of ground.
11. The turning of a gun so as to make it point in any desired direction.
12. A turning; a trick; a subterfuge.
13. To lay in a cross direction; to cross.
14. To cross by way of opposition; to thwart with obstacles; to obstruct; to bring to naught.
15. To wander over; to cross in traveling; as, to traverse the habitable globe.
16. To pass over and view; to survey carefully.
18. To plane in a direction across the grain of the wood; as, to traverse a board.
20. Athwart; across; crosswise.
Part of Speech: verb
1. To use the posture or motions of opposition or counteraction, as in fencing.
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.
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