Traverse is a method in the field of surveying to establish control networks. It is also used in geodesy. Traverse networks involve placing survey stations along a line or path of travel, and then using the previously surveyed points as a base for observing the next point. Traverse networks have many advantages, including:

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  1. A route used in mountaineering, specifically rock climbing, in which the descent occurs by a different route than the ascent.
  2. In fortification, a mass of earth or other material employed to protect troops against enfilade. It is constructed at right angles to the parapet.
  3. 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.
  4. A screen or partition.
  5. Something that thwarts or obstructs.
    He would have succeeded, had it not been for unlucky traverses not under his control.
  6. A trick; a subterfuge.
  7. A gallery or loft of communication from side to side of a church or other large building.
  8. 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).
  9. The zigzag course or courses made by a ship in passing from one place to another; a compound course.
  10. A line lying across a figure or other lines; a transversal.
  11. The turning of a gun so as to make it point in any desired direction.


  1. To travel across, often under difficult conditions.
    He will have to traverse the mountain to get to the other side.
  2. To visit all parts of; to explore thoroughly.
    to traverse all nodes in a network
  3. To rotate a gun around a vertical axis to bear upon a military target.
    to traverse a cannon
  4. To climb or descend a steep hill at a wide angle.
  5. To lay in a cross direction; to cross.
  6. To cross by way of opposition; to thwart with obstacles; to obstruct.
  7. To pass over and view; to survey carefully.
  8. To plane in a direction across the grain of the wood.
    to traverse a board
  9. To deny formally.


  1. Lying across; being in a direction across something else.
    paths cut with traverse trenches


  1. athwart; across; crosswise

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