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 for Traverse sailing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Traverse \Trav"erse\, n. [F. traverse. See Traverse, a.]
     1. Anything that traverses, or crosses. Specifically: 
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        (a) Something that thwarts, crosses, or obstructs; a cross
            accident; as, he would have succeeded, had it not been
            for unlucky traverses not under his control.
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        (b) A barrier, sliding door, movable screen, curtain, or
            the like.
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                  Men drinken and the travers draw anon.
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                  And the entrance of the king,
                  The first traverse was drawn.     --F. Beaumont.
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        (c) (Arch.) A gallery or loft of communication from side
            to side of a church or other large building. --Gwilt.
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        (d) (Fort.) A work thrown up to intercept an enfilade, or
            reverse fire, along exposed passage, or line of work.
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        (e) (Law) A formal denial of some matter of fact alleged
            by the opposite party in any stage of the pleadings.
            The technical words introducing a traverse are absque
            hoc, without this; that is, without this which
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        (f) (Naut.) The zigzag course or courses made by a ship in
            passing from one place to another; a compound course.
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        (g) (Geom.) A line lying across a figure or other lines; a
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        (h) (Surv.) A line surveyed across a plot of ground.
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        (i) (Gun.) The turning of a gun so as to make it point in
            any desired direction.
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     2. A turning; a trick; a subterfuge. [Obs.]
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     To work a traverse or To solve a traverse (Naut.), to
        reduce a series of courses or distances to an equivalent
        single one; to calculate the resultant of a traverse.
     Traverse board (Naut.), a small board hung in the steerage,
        having the points of the compass marked on it, and for
        each point as many holes as there are half hours in a
        watch. It is used for recording the courses made by the
        ship in each half hour, by putting a peg in the
        corresponding hole.
     Traverse jury (Law), a jury that tries cases; a petit jury.
     Traverse sailing (Naut.), a sailing by compound courses;
        the method or process of finding the resulting course and
        distance from a series of different shorter courses and
        distances actually passed over by a ship.
     Traverse table.
        (a) (Naut. & Surv.) A table by means of which the
            difference of latitude and departure corresponding to
            any given course and distance may be found by
            inspection. It contains the lengths of the two sides
            of a right-angled triangle, usually for every quarter
            of a degree of angle, and for lengths of the
            hypothenuse, from 1 to 100.
        (b) (Railroad) A platform with one or more tracks, and
            arranged to move laterally on wheels, for shifting
            cars, etc., from one line of track to another.
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