To traverse a yard(Naut.), to brace it fore and aft.

(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.

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.

(Trav"ers*er) n.

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.

(Trav"ers*ing), a. Adjustable laterally; having a lateral motion, or a swinging motion; adapted for giving lateral motion.

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 traversing guns.

(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 tailor.

(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.

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,
Where suits are traversed, and so little won
That he who conquers is but last undone.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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