Definition of traverse noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

BrE BrE//ˈtrævɜːs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrævɜːrs//
 
(in mountain climbing) an act of moving sideways or walking across a steep slope, not climbing up or down it; a place where this is possible or necessary We began a traverse across the rock face.
Word Origin Middle English (originally as a legal term): from Old French traverser, from late Latin traversare; the noun is from Old French travers (masculine), traverse (feminine), partly based on traverser.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: traverse

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