Longitude vs Transverse - What's the difference?

longitude | transverse |

As nouns the difference between longitude and transverse

is that longitude is angular distance measured west or east of the prime meridian 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.



(en noun)
  • Angular distance measured west or east of the prime meridian.
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  • Any imaginary line perpendicular to the equator and part of a great circle passing through the North Pole and South Pole.
  • (archaic) Length.
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    * (half of a great circle) meridian

    Derived terms

    * longitudinal

    See also

    * latitude * equator * prime meridian




    (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shall her censures, when justly passed, have their effect: how then can they be altered or transversed , suspended or superseded, by a temporal government, that must vanish and come to nothing?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)