from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Transverse.
  • n. Mathematics A line that intersects a system of other lines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Running or lying across; transverse; as, a transversal line.
  • n. A line which traverses or intersects any system of other lines transversely.
  • n. A set containing one member from each of a collection of disjoint sets.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Running or lying across; transverse.
  • n. A straight line which traverses or intersects any system of other lines, as a line intersecting the three sides of a triangle or the sides produced.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In optics, the line in which the plane of polarization of a beam of light intersects the wave-front.
  • Transverse; running or lying across: as, a transversal line. See II.
  • n. In geometry, a line drawn across several others so as to cut them all.
  • n. In anatomy, a transversalis or transversus.

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


From Latin transversalis. (Wiktionary)


  • There are some subtle issues going on here, in particular this is a case of what might be called a transversal problem.

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  • That's what a physicist would call transversal oscillations and longitudinal oscillations - and it's what a composer might call music. Top Stories

  • Franco is out in front, thanks to his unignorable turn in 127 Hours, his extreme handsomeness, and his willingness to do stuff like pose in full makeup for Terry Richardson, as he did for the cover of "transversal" style magazine Candy last year.

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  • On the cover of Candy magazine, "the first transversal style magazine," Franco sports slicked back hair, a black blazer, heavy blue eyeshadow and cherry red lips.

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  • Two examples, from her impressive "Transformation" disc, are the pianist's soulful performance of Domenico Scarlatti's Sonata in F Minor and her sprightly, exceptionally characterful transversal of Igor Stravinsky's Three Movements From "Petrushka," a transcription based on his ballet score.

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  • Coupled to all this is the Koenigsegg-engineered transversal, paddle-shift transmission with limited slip differential.

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  • If we fix a value z0 of the longitudinal coordinate z, then we fix a two-dimensional transversal slice through the car.

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  • It cannot exist without a transversal and transpositional movement.

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  • Zacán comes from the Purépecha word meaning "stony place," because the town sits at the transversal mountain range on the skirts of the Volcano Paricutín.

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  • All of this makes possible what has been absent for a long time—a theology of nature that is truly in “transversal” conversation with science.

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