from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Situated or lying across; crosswise.
- n. Something, such as a part or beam, that is transverse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Situated or lying across; side to side, relative to some defined "forward" direction.
- adj. Not tangent: so that a nondegenerate angle is formed between the two things intersecting.
- v. To change from prose into verse, or from verse into prose.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Lying or being across, or in a crosswise direction; athwart; -- often opposed to
- n. Anything that is transverse or athwart.
- n. The longer, or transverse, axis of an ellipse.
- transitive v. To overturn; to change.
- transitive v. To change from prose into verse, or from verse into prose.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Lying or being across or in a cross direction; cross; thwart.
- In anatomy and zoology, broader or wider than long; having its major diameter crosswise: noting various parts or organs which lie or are taken to run across other parts, or especially across the long axis of the whole body. See transversalis and transversus.
- In botany:
- Right and left or collateral with reference to the median plane.
- Being at right angles to the axial direction: for example, see transverse partition, below.
- In herpetology, specifically noting a bone of the skull which usually unites the palatine and the pterygoid bones with the maxilla.
- In heraldry, crossing the escutcheon from one side to the opposite one.
- Of the brain, a fissure beneath the fornix and the hemispheres, above the optic thalami, through which membranes and vessels are continued from the pia mater into the ventricles of the brain.
- n. In anatomy, a transversalis or transversus: as, the transverse of the abdomen, perineum, or sole of the foot.
- Crosswise; across; transversely.
- To overturn; turn topsyturvy.
- To change; transpose. Compare transprose.
- To transgress; run counter.
- n. In mathematics, a transverse axis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction; at right angles to the long axis
The term transverse is equivalent to lateral, in flying machine parlance, but there is this distinction: Transverse has reference to a machine or object which, like the main planes of an aeroplane, are broader, (that is, -- from end to end) than their length, (from front to rear).
Dr. Tyndall also alludes to another structure of the same kind, which he calls transverse structure, where the blue bands extend in crescent-shaped curves, more or less arched, across the surface of the glacier.
This is often called the transverse tarsal joint, and it can, with the subordinate joints of the tarsus, replace the ankle-joint in a great measure when the latter has become ankylosed.
A rare virus called transverse myelitis had attacked his spinal column.
He was born with what is known as a transverse facial cleft, giving him the appearance of having two faces.
The southern portion of this ecoregion is a Center of Plant Diversity known as the transverse dry belt, and in central French Guiana is another Center known as the Saul Region.
WILLIAMS: I first came up with a planting technique called transverse planting, which involves laying the plant on its side and planting it horizontally, compared to the traditional vertical.
Rarely, the baby may lie diagonally with the shoulder ready to come out first; this is called transverse lie (see Figure 11.3).
Different films are available which shrink by a known amount from 10 - 35% across the film (known as the transverse direction) and by 20 -
The longitudinal framework was divided by a series of rings, called transverse frames, into seventeen compartments containing fabric gasbags.
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