Barchan vs Transverse - What's the difference?

barchan | transverse |

As nouns the difference between barchan and transverse

is that barchan is an arc-shaped sand ridge comprised of well-sorted sand while transverse is anything that is transverse or athwart.

As an adjective transverse is

situated or lying across; side to side, relative to some defined "forward" direction.

As a verb transverse is

to overturn; to change.


Alternative forms

* barkhan


(en noun)
  • An arc-shaped sand ridge comprised of well-sorted sand.
  • * 1966 , Edwin Sherbon Hills, Arid Lands: A Geographical Appraisal , page 72,
  • The sand is usually very well sorted in barchans', for it is constantly re-worked as the dune ‘marches’. The marching also causes cross-bedding inside the ' barchan , with a dip parallel to the sand-fall face.
  • *1988 , (Robert Irwin), The Mysteries of Algiers , Dedalus 1993, p. 69:
  • *:But to follow the dunes around the foot of their slopes is also tedious and one can walk for half a kilometre east or west, finding one barchan linked to another and no easy way through […].
  • * 2008 , Julie Laity, Deserts and Desert Environments , page 205,
  • Barchans and transverse dunes are essentially of the same type, forming and migrating under a unidirectional wind regime. The difference between the two is related to the amount of sand: barchans are isolated mounds, whereas transverse dunes are composed of many barchans coalesced into a single, longer dune form (Tsoar 2001).
  • * 2010 , Robert S. Anderson, Suzanne P. Anderson, Geomorphology: The Mechanics and Chemistry of Landscapes , page 482,
  • Perhaps the most distinctive is the barchan' dune, an isolated crescentic form with arms that stretch downwind. ' Barchans are not huge, often with heights of only a few meters.




    (en adjective)
  • Situated or lying across; side to side, relative to some defined "forward" direction.
  • (geometry, of an intersection) Not tangent: so that a nondegenerate angle is formed between the two things intersecting.
  • Antonyms

    * (lying across) longitudinal


    (en noun)
  • Anything that is transverse or athwart.
  • (geometry) The longer, or transverse, axis of an ellipse.
  • Verb

  • To overturn; to change.
  • * Rev. Charles Leslie
  • And so long shall her censures, when justly passed, have their effect: how then can they be altered or transversed , suspended or superseded, by a temporal government, that must vanish and come to nothing?
  • (obsolete) To change from prose into verse, or from verse into prose.
  • (Duke of Buckingham)