Definition of "transverse" []

  • Situated or lying across; crosswise. (adjective)
  • Something, such as a part or beam, that is transverse. (noun)
  • Crossing from side to side; athwart; crossways (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Denoting the axis that passes through the foci of a hyperbola (adjective)
  • (of a flute, etc) held almost at right angles to the player's mouth, so that the breath passes over a hole in the side to create a vibrating air column within the tube of the instrument (adjective)
  • A transverse piece or object (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "transverse" in a sentence
  • "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."