Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The motion of the cutting tool in a machine: strictly, it denotes the motion across the work, but is popularly extended to mean the same as ‘travel’ (of the tool or its carriage). Originally, it was the horizontal angular motion of a gun-carriage.
- v. present participle of traverse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Adjustable laterally; having a lateral motion, or a swinging motion; adapted for giving lateral motion.
“One of the difficulties in traversing foreign lands is the “Your Finger Your Fool” syndrome, which is named after a footnote from Terry Pratchett Discworld novel.”
“With her astonishing depth of knowledge and readily accessible writing style, makes an ideal guide in traversing a subject that is by its very nature complex, sensitive and frequently ambiguous.”
“He has studied the energy distribution of cosmic-ray particles and the energy loss of very high speed electrons in traversing matter.”
“Also, vice versa, as you know, Napoleon and Hannibal succeeded in traversing these passes into Italy.”
“Elk are more skilled than other animals in traversing dangerous, marshy ground, and it seemed as if she would reach solid land in safety; but when she was almost there a knoll which she had stepped upon sank into the mire, and she went down with it.”
“Another time the brown wanderer succeeded in traversing half the length of California, all of Oregon, and most of Washington, before he was picked up and returned "Collect.”
“When quiet had succeeded to this bustle, I had time to peruse my letter, which gives a map of the route taken, with some description of the country and their experiences in traversing it.”
“Wafer, surgeon of Dampier," says Arago, "relates that in traversing the Isthmus of Darien, the showers he encountered were accompanied with lightning and furious claps of thunder, and that the air was then pervaded by a sulphurous odor, strong enough to take away the breath, especially in the midst of woods.”
“When he could no longer behold Mary, he would frequently retire to the terrace, which was overlooked by the windows of her apartment, and spend half the night in traversing, with silent, mournful steps, that spot, which afforded him the melancholy pleasure of being near the object of his love.”
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