• A route used in mountaineering, specifically rock climbing, in which the descent occurs by a different route than the ascent.
  • A series of points, with angles and distances measured between, traveled around a subject, usually for use as "control" i.e. angular reference system for later surveying work.
  • A screen or partition.
  • Something that thwarts or obstructs.
  • A gallery or loft of communication from side to side of a church or other large building.
  • A formal denial of some matter of fact alleged by the opposite party in any stage of the pleadings. The technical words introducing a traverse are absque hoc ("without this", i.e. without what follows).
  • The zigzag course or courses made by a ship in passing from one place to another; a compound course.
  • A line lying across a figure or other lines; a transversal.
  • In trench warfare, a defensive trench built to prevent enfilade.
  • A traverse board.


  • To travel across, often under difficult conditions.
  • To visit all parts of; to explore thoroughly.
  • To lay in a cross direction; to cross.
  • To rotate a gun around a vertical axis to bear upon a military target.
  • To climb or descend a steep hill at a wide angle (relative to the slope).
  • To (make a cutting, an incline) across the gradients of a sloped face at safe rate.
  • To act against; to thwart or obstruct.
  • To pass over and view; to survey carefully.
  • To plane in a direction across the grain of the wood.
  • To deny formally.
  • To use the motions of opposition or counteraction.



  • Lying across; being in a direction across something else.


  • From Middle English traversen, from Old French traverser, from Latin trans + versus, perfect passive participle of Latin vertere.

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