Definition of transverse in English:



  • Situated or extending across something.

    ‘a transverse beam supports the dashboard’
    • ‘One line of measuring points in the transverse direction was situated directly under the facial tanner.’
    • ‘Oblique or even transverse fractures of the shaft or base of the metacarpals can occur in one or more metacarpals.’
    • ‘So when the midwife tried to break my waters he popped his head out of the engaged position in the pelvis and moved so he was transverse breech.’
    • ‘Feather muscles are oriented diagonally to the longitudinal and transverse body axes.’
    • ‘Pairs of transverse white lines that extend all the way across the nail are called Muehrcke's lines.’
    • ‘The fetus slowly rotates, first into the transverse position and then, finally, the vertex.’
    • ‘The depth of the tie beam was minimized to avoid transverse bending from the tower legs.’
    • ‘A crab cavity provides a transverse kick that forces the beam passing through it to travel sideways.’
    • ‘Only the most posterior one to three transverse ridges may cross the platform.’
    • ‘At this point, the transverse chain order also still remains rather high.’
    • ‘The permanent six-wheel drive has longitudinal and transverse differential locks.’
    • ‘The plane of the injury can be described as dorsal, transverse or volar.’
    • ‘Micropyles are marked with arrows (longitudinal in longer ovule, transverse in shorter ovule).’
    • ‘The transverse abdominis is made up of muscle fibers that run horizontally around the abdomen.’
    • ‘If we must discuss individual aspects of its makeup, they must be seen as transverse sections of that whole.’
    • ‘That is why transverse welds in columns and beams resist buckling best at points of lateral support.’
    • ‘They took a side road that transverse a section of near rural country.’
    • ‘Either bake one large cake and carry out a transverse dissection, or bake two smaller ones and glue them together with killer icing.’
    • ‘Also two diagonally-projecting arms at the rear are fixed to a rear transverse rail.’
    • ‘In these larger forms it is not unusual for one or two transverse ridges to connect across the greatly reduced groove.’
    crosswise, crossways, cross, diagonal, horizontal, oblique, athwart
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Late Middle English: from Latin transversus ‘turned across’, past participle of transvertere, from trans- ‘across’ + vertere ‘to turn’.