how to pronounce traverse


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traverse is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of traverse in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… that the the molecules Traverse that …”

meanings of traverse


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


  1. The zigzag course or courses made by a ship in passing from one place to another; a compound course.
  2. In trench warfare, a defensive trench built to prevent enfilade.
  3. A route used in mountaineering, specifically rock climbing, in which the descent occurs by a different route than the ascent.
  4. A screen or partition.
  5. Something that thwarts or obstructs.
  6. 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).
  7. A line lying across a figure or other lines; a transversal.
  8. 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.
  9. A traverse board.
  10. A gallery or loft of communication from side to side of a church or other large building.


  1. Athwart; across; crosswise.


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

traverse frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word traverse occurs in english on average 2.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics traverse can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that traverse can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

2) transport and travel;

words with pronunciation similar to traverse


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