Definition of transversal in English:

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Pronunciation: /transˈvərsəl/
Pronunciation: /tranzˈvərsəl/


(Of a line) intersecting a system of lines.
Example sentences
  • A faint transversal line may indicate the posterior border of the seventh sternite.
  • After storage, thick transversal sections were made with a razor blade.
  • Radiating and transversal markings common on internal surface of valves or on steinkerns.


A transversal line.
Example sentences
  • The construction consisted of orthogonals, transversals, horizon line and vanishing point.
  • A partnership who manage to erase all three of their strokes before the other side have erased any get a monk's cross, which counts as two crosses and is chalked with two transversals.
  • From the vertices of ABC drop perpendiculars on the transversal.



Pronunciation: /ˌtransvərˈsalitē/ Pronunciation: /ˌtranz-/
Example sentences
  • His essay, ‘The Three Ecologies,’ is only 42 pages long, but the translators' notes and introduction take up 57 pages, and the editor's essay on his ‘transversality’ another 54.
  • In the idea of ‘dissensus’, the author acknowledges and advocates individual competence as a social force that can precipitate the kind of initiation essential to transversality.
  • His work on topology, in particular on characteristic classes, cobordism theory and the Thom transversality theorem led to his being awarded a Fields medal in 1958.


Pronunciation: /tranzˈvərsəlē/ Pronunciation: /tran(t)sˈvərsəlē/
Example sentences
  • Lateral surfaces of the centrum longitudinally concave and transversally rounded, one foramen on each side.
  • This latter character can be seen only in one of the vertebrae that is transversally broken.
  • Moreover, the contingencies of historiography can provide scholars with the opportunity to transversally engage with their subject material.


Late Middle English (as a synonym of transverse): from medieval Latin transversalis, from Latin transversus 'lying across'.

Words that rhyme with transversal

disbursal, dispersal, Purcell, rehearsal, reversal, succursal, tercel, traversal, universal

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Syllabification: trans·ver·sal

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