from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Situated or lying across; crosswise.
- n. Something, such as a part or beam, that is transverse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Situated or lying across; side to side, relative to some defined "forward" direction.
- adj. Not tangent: so that a nondegenerate angle is formed between the two things intersecting.
- v. To change from prose into verse, or from verse into prose.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Lying or being across, or in a crosswise direction; athwart; -- often opposed to
- n. Anything that is transverse or athwart.
- n. The longer, or transverse, axis of an ellipse.
- transitive v. To overturn; to change.
- transitive v. To change from prose into verse, or from verse into prose.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In mathematics, a transverse axis.
- Lying or being across or in a cross direction; cross; thwart.
- 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.
- n. In anatomy, a transversalis or transversus: as, the transverse of the abdomen, perineum, or sole of the foot.
- Crosswise; across; transversely.
- To overturn; turn topsyturvy.
- To change; transpose. Compare transprose.
- To transgress; run counter.
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
Latin trānsversus, from past participle of trānsvertere, to turn across : trāns, trans- + vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)