Transverse axis


Transverse axis
Transverse Trans*verse", a. [L. transversus, p. p. of transvertere to turn on direct across; trans across + vertere to turn: cf. F. transverse. See {Verse}, and cf. {Traverse}.] Lying or being across, or in a crosswise direction; athwart; -- often opposed to {longitudinal}. [1913 Webster]

{Transverse axis} (of an ellipse or hyperbola) (Geom.), that axis which passes through the foci.

{Transverse partition} (Bot.), a partition, as of a pericarp, at right angles with the valves, as in the siliques of mustard. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.