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American English: /trəˈvərs/
British English: /ˈtravəs/
, /trəˈvəːs/

Translation of traverse in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 (cross) (formal or literary) a region traversed by rivers
    una región surcada de ríos
    Example sentences
    • Wild animals and birds traversing contiguous forest stretches have no clue that there might be restrictions.
    • He would repeatedly cheer us up by assuring us that our team was the first to uninterruptedly traverse this difficult, and unique, coast-to-coast route.
    • Deserts were crossed, mountains were scaled, forests were traversed, icebergs were negotiated.
  • 2 (in mountaineering, skiing)
    Example sentences
    • The time-pressed can try bouldering, which entails traversing and short ascents that can be completed sans rope.
    • As the gully became wider on the descent, we were forced to traverse ever farther left, on tiny broken ledges, eventually reaching the top of the wall.
    • From there, we traversed across ledges and slabs toward the next belay.
    Example sentences
    • When the time came to retrieve the plates, we had to traverse slopes that had more than a meter of new snow.
    • They were traversing Windy Ridge in Uintah back country known for heavy avalanche activity, he said.
    • Although most skiers traverse the Inside Road from north to south, both directions demand stamina with substantial elevation gains and losses.


  • 1 countable and uncountable [formal] (act of crossing)
    Example sentences
    • They'll find out soon enough, and the traverses across the featureless, flat topography of Meridiani Planum is going to make for ‘smooth sailing’ for the rover.
    • On day seven the hiking group is met by a re-supply group at Bannerman's Pass and among those in the revictualling group is Ida de Villiers, who had buddied with Jenny on two previous traverses.
    • The explorers would undertake long traverses, thoroughly studying and recording the characteristics of the region around their landing site.
  • 2 countable and uncountable (in mountaineering, skiing)
    Example sentences
    • This was handy, but also meant that the heavy bag of rope I had lugged in, getting constantly trapped in the narrow rift below the traverses, was all for nothing - oh well!
    • A traverse then leads to a ledge from which a short narrow descent may be rigged to the streamway below.
    • We made the traverse out and were at the last climb for the easy path leading back to homebase.
    Example sentences
    • Also, skiers doing long traverses with little emphasis on making turns found the lightweight edged Nordic skis to be a good tool.
    • I have second thoughts as I begin to cut a traverse up and across a powdery leeward slope.
    • Everybody, even our best skiers, cautiously sidestepped down the first narrow pitch, then made cautious traverses and kick turns.
  • 3 countable and uncountable (Nautical)
    navegación (feminine) en zigzag
  • 4 countable 4.1 (gallery) 4.2 (on trench)
    barrera (feminine) de protección
    Example sentences
    • "Sir," announced an orderly, poking his head around a traverse in the trench, "dinner is served."
    • This ship is full of officers and men who are quite likely to be utterly ignorant of what was going on round the next traverse in the trench which they had occupied.
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