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.
And save the expense of long litigious laws,Dryden. To traverse a yard (Naut.), to brace it fore and aft.
Where suits are traversed, and so little won
That he who
conquers is but last undone.
(Trav"erse) 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.
1. One who, or that which, traverses, or moves, as an index on a scale, and the like.
2. (Law) One who traverses, or denies.
3. (Railroad) A traverse table. See under Traverse, n.
Traversing plate (Mil.), one of two thick iron plates at the hinder part of a gun carriage, where the
handspike is applied in traversing the piece. Wilhelm. Traversing platform (Mil.), a platform for
(Trav"ers*ing), a. Adjustable laterally; having a lateral motion, or a swinging motion; adapted
for giving lateral motion.
(Trav"er*tine) n. [F. travertin, It. travertino, tiburtino, L. lapis Tiburtinus, fr. Tibur an ancient
town of Latium, now Tivoli.] (Min.) A white concretionary form of calcium carbonate, usually hard and
semicrystalline. It is deposited from the water of springs or streams holding lime in solution. Extensive
deposits exist at Tivoli, near Rome.
(Trav"es*ty) a. [F. travesti, p. p. of travestir to disguise, to travesty, It. travestire, fr. L. trans
across, over + vestire to dress, clothe. See Vest.] Disguised by dress so as to be ridiculous; travestied; - -
applied to a book or shorter composition. [R.]
(Trav"es*ty), n.; pl. Travesties A burlesque translation or imitation of a work.
The second edition is not a recast, but absolutely a travesty of the first.De Quincey.
(Trav"es*ty), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Travestied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Travesting.] To translate,
imitate, or represent, so as to render ridiculous or ludicrous.
I see poor Lucan travestied, not appareled in his Roman toga, but under the cruel shears of an English
(Trawl) v. i. [OF. trauler, troller, F. trôter, to drag about, to stroll about; probably of Teutonic origin.
Cf. Troll, v. t.] To take fish, or other marine animals, with a trawl.