Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Situated or lying across; crosswise.
  • noun Something, such as a part or beam, that is transverse.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In mathematics, a transverse axis.
  • To overturn; turn topsyturvy.
  • To change; transpose. Compare transprose.
  • To transgress; run counter.
  • Crosswise; across; transversely.
  • Lying or being across or in a cross direction; cross; thwart.
  • Collateral.
  • 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.
  • noun In anatomy, a transversalis or transversus: as, the transverse of the abdomen, perineum, or sole of the foot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Anything that is transverse or athwart.
  • noun (Geom.) The longer, or transverse, axis of an ellipse.
  • adjective Lying or being across, or in a crosswise direction; athwart; -- often opposed to longitudinal.
  • adjective (Geom.) that axis which passes through the foci.
  • adjective (Bot.) a partition, as of a pericarp, at right angles with the valves, as in the siliques of mustard.
  • transitive verb obsolete To change from prose into verse, or from verse into prose.
  • transitive verb rare To overturn; to change.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Situated or lying across; side to side, relative to some defined "forward" direction.
  • adjective geometry Not tangent: so that a nondegenerate angle is formed between the two things intersecting.
  • verb obsolete To change from prose into verse, or from verse into prose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction; at right angles to the long axis

Etymologies

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

[Latin trānsversus, from past participle of trānsvertere, to turn across : trāns, trans- + vertere, to turn; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • 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).

    Aeroplanes

  • 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.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 74, December, 1863

  • 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.

    III. Syndesmology. 7d. Talocrural Articulation or Ankle-joint

  • A rare virus called transverse myelitis had attacked his spinal column.

    Island Packet: Home

  • He was born with what is known as a transverse facial cleft, giving him the appearance of having two faces.

    Two-Faced 'Mask' Baby In China Suffers From Horrible Deformity Called 'Transverse Facial Cleft' (VIDEO)

  • 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.

    Guianan moist forests

  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Mar 18, 2006

  • Rarely, the baby may lie diagonally with the shoulder ready to come out first; this is called transverse lie (see Figure 11.3).

    Chapter 13

  • Different films are available which shrink by a known amount from 10 - 35% across the film (known as the transverse direction) and by 20 -

    3 Packaging materials

  • The longitudinal framework was divided by a series of rings, called transverse frames, into seventeen compartments containing fabric gasbags.

    British Airships, Past, Present, and Future

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.