traverse

The verb traverse means to travel across an extended area. "Her dream was to traverse the country by car, so she could meet new people and see all the kitschy sites — like the giant roadside tire in Michigan or the shoe house in Pennsylvania."

The verb traverse can also mean "to span," to span a physical space or time. "The bridge traversed the river, linking the two cities." Traverse can be used for any crossing, but it often is used when implying the crossing will be difficult. "She was exhausted from traveling in the snowy conditions, but she still had to traverse an icy bridge before she would arrive safely home."

Definitions of traverse
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v travel across or pass over

Synonyms:
cover, cross, cut across, cut through, get across, get over, pass over, track
Types:
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tramp
cross on foot
stride
cover or traverse by taking long steps
walk
traverse or cover by walking
crisscross
cross in a pattern, often random
ford
cross a river where it's shallow
bridge
cross over on a bridge
jaywalk
cross the road at a red light
drive, take
proceed along in a vehicle
course
move swiftly through or over
hop
traverse as if by a short airplane trip
Type of:
go across, go through, pass
go across or through

v cover or extend over an area or time period

Synonyms:
cross, span, sweep
Type of:
continue, cover, extend
span an interval of distance, space or time

v deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit

Synonyms:
deny

n travel across

Synonyms:
traversal
Type of:
travel, traveling, travelling
the act of going from one place to another

n a horizontal beam that extends across something

Synonyms:
crossbeam, crosspiece, trave
Type of:
beam
long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction

n a horizontal crosspiece across a window or separating a door from a window over it

Synonyms:
transom
Type of:
crosspiece
a transverse brace

n taking a zigzag path on skis

Synonyms:
traversal
Type of:
crossing
traveling across

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