a.1.Lying across; being in a direction across something else; as, paths cut with traverse trenches.
Oak . . . being strong in all positions, may be better trusted in cross and traverse work.
- Sir H. Wotton.
The ridges of the fallow field traverse.
- Hayward.
Traverse drill
(Mach.) a machine tool for drilling slots, in which the work or tool has a lateral motion back and forth; also, a drilling machine in which the spindle holder can be adjusted laterally.
adv.1.Athwart; across; crosswise.
n.1.Anything that traverses, or crosses.
2.Something that thwarts, crosses, or obstructs; a cross accident; as, he would have succeeded, had it not been for unlucky traverses not under his control.
2.A turning; a trick; a subterfuge.
To work a traverse
(Naut.) to reduce a series of courses or distances to an equivalent single one; to calculate the resultant of a traverse.
Traverse board
(Naut.) a small board hung in the steerage, having the points of the compass marked on it, and for each point as many holes as there are half hours in a watch. It is used for recording the courses made by the ship in each half hour, by putting a peg in the corresponding hole.
Traverse jury
(Law) a jury that tries cases; a petit jury.
Traverse sailing
(Naut.) a sailing by compound courses; the method or process of finding the resulting course and distance from a series of different shorter courses and distances actually passed over by a ship.
Traverse table
a - (Naut. & Surv.) A table by means of which the difference of latitude and departure corresponding to any given course and distance may be found by inspection. It contains the lengths of the two sides of a right-angled triangle, usually for every quarter of a degree of angle, and for lengths of the hypothenuse, from 1 to 100.
b - (Railroad) A platform with one or more tracks, and arranged to move laterally on wheels, for shifting cars, etc., from one line of track to another.
3.A barrier, sliding door, movable screen, curtain, or the like.
And the entrance of the king,
The first traverse was drawn.
- F. Beaumont.
4.(Arch.) A gallery or loft of communication from side to side of a church or other large building.
5.(Fort.) A work thrown up to intercept an enfilade, or reverse fire, along exposed passage, or line of work.
6.(Law) 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; that is, without this which follows.
7.(Naut.) The zigzag course or courses made by a ship in passing from one place to another; a compound course.
8.(Geom.) A line lying across a figure or other lines; a transversal.
9.(Surv.) A line surveyed across a plot of ground.
10.(Gun.) The turning of a gun so as to make it point in any desired direction.
v. t.1.To lay in a cross direction; to cross.
[imp. & p. p. Traversed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Traversing.]
2.To cross by way of opposition; to thwart with obstacles; to obstruct; to bring to naught.
I can not but . . . admit the force of this reasoning, which I yet hope to traverse.
- Sir W. Scott.
3.To wander over; to cross in traveling; as, to traverse the habitable globe.
4.To pass over and view; to survey carefully.
5.(Gun.) To turn to the one side or the other, in order to point in any direction; as, to traverse a cannon.
6.(Carp.) To plane in a direction across the grain of the wood; as, to traverse a board.
7.(Law) To deny formally, as what the opposite party has alleged. When the plaintiff or defendant advances new matter, he avers it to be true, and traverses what the other party has affirmed. To traverse an indictment or an office is to deny it.
To traverse a yard
(Naut.) to brace it fore and aft.
v. i.1.To use the posture or motions of opposition or counteraction, as in fencing.
To see thee fight, to see thee foin, to see thee traverse.
- Shak.
2.To turn, as on a pivot; to move round; to swivel; as, the needle of a compass traverses; if it does not traverse well, it is an unsafe guide.
3.To tread or move crosswise, as a horse that throws his croup to one side and his head to the other.
Noun1.traverse - a horizontal beam that extends across something
2.traverse - a horizontal crosspiece across a window or separating a door from a window over it
Synonyms: transom
3.traverse - taking a zigzag path on skis
Synonyms: traversal
4.traverse - travel across
Synonyms: traversal
Verb1.traverse - travel across or pass over; "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"
2.traverse - to cover or extend over an area or time period; "Rivers traverse the valley floor", "The parking lot spans 3 acres"; "The novel spans three centuries"
Synonyms: span, sweep, cross
3.traverse - deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit
Synonyms: deny

TRAVERSE, crim. law practice. This is a technical term, which means to turnover: it is applied to an issue taken upon an indictment for a misdemeanor, and means nothing more than turning over or putting off the trial to a following sessions or assize; it has, perhaps with more propriety, been applied to the denying or taking issue upon an indictment, without reference to the delay of trial. Dick. Sess. 151; Burn's Just. h.t.; 4 Bl. Com. 351.

TRAVERSE, pleading. This term, from the French traverser, signifies to deny or controvert anything which is alleged in the declaration, plea, replication or other pleadings; Lawes' Civ. Plead. 116, 117 there is no real distinction between traverses and denials, they are the same in substance. Willes. R. 224. however, a traverse, in the strict technical meaning, and more ordinary acceptation of the term, signifies a direct denial in formal words, "without this that," &c. Summary of Pleadings, 75; 1 Chit. Pl. 576, n. a.
     2. All issues are traverses, although all traverses cannot be said to be issues, and the difference is this; issues are where one or more facts are affirmed on one side, and directly and merely denied on the other; but special traverses are where the matter asserted by one party is not directly and merely denied or put in issue. by the other, but he alleges some new matter or distinction inconsistent with what is previously stated, and then distinctly excludes the previous statement of his adversary. The new matter so alleged is called the inducement to the traverse, and the exclusion of the previous statement, the traverse itself. Lawes' Civ. Pl. 117. See, in general, 20 Vin. Abr. 339; Com. Dig. Pleader, G; Bac. Abr. Pleas, H; Yelv. R. 147, 8; 1 Saund. 22, n. 2; Gould. on Pl. ell. 7 Bouv. Inst. Index, n. t.
     3. A traverse upon a traverse is one growing out of the same point, or subject matter, as is embraced in a preceding traverse on the other side. Gould on Pl. ch. 7, Sec. 42, n. It is a general rule, that a traverse, well tendered on one side, must be accepted on the other. And hence it follows, as a general rule, that there cannot be a traverse upon a traverse, if the, first traverse is material. The meaning of the rule is, that when one party has tendered a material traverse, the other cannot leave it and tender another of his own to the same point upon the inducement of the first traverse, but must join in that first tendered; otherwise the parties might alternately tender traverses to each other, in unlimited succession, without coming to an issue. Gould on Pl. ch. 7, Sec. 42.
     4. In cases where the first traverse is immaterial, there may be a traverse upon a traverse. Id. ch. 7, Sec. 43. And where the plaintiff might be ousted of some right or liberty the law allows him, there may be a traverse upon a traverse, although the first traverse include what is material. Poph. 101; Mo. 350; Com. Dig. Pleader, G 18; Bac. Abr. Pleas, H 4; Hob. 104, marg.; Cro. Eliz. 99, 418; Gould on Pl. ch. 7, 44.
     5. Traverses may be divided into general traverses, (q.v.) and special traverses. (q.v.) There is a third kind called a common traverse. (q.v.)

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