Yule vs Traverse - What's the difference?

yule | traverse |

As a noun yule

is (yule).

As a verb traverse is




Proper noun

  • Christmastide, the Christmas season, the Twelve Days of Christmas (between December 24th and January 6th).
  • A pagan wintertime holiday celebrated by Germanic peoples, particularly the Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon peoples, or a modern reconstruction of this holiday celebrated by neo-pagans.
  • Derived terms

    * Yuletide * Yule log * Yule tree * Yule wreath

    See also

    * jolly * * Sabbat * Christmas *






    (en noun)
  • (climbing) A route used in mountaineering, specifically rock climbing, in which the descent occurs by a different route than the ascent.
  • (military) In fortification, a mass of earth or other material employed to protect troops against enfilade. It is constructed at right angles to the parapet.
  • (surveying) A series of points, with angles and distances measured between, traveled around a subject, usually for use as "control" i.e. angular reference system for later surveying work.
  • (obsolete) A screen or partition.
  • * 1499 , (John Skelton), The Bowge of Court :
  • Than sholde ye see there pressynge in a pace / Of one and other that wolde this lady see, / Whiche sat behynde a traves of sylke fyne, / Of golde of tessew the fynest that myghte be
  • * F. Beaumont
  • At the entrance of the king, / The first traverse was drawn.
  • Something that thwarts or obstructs.
  • He would have succeeded, had it not been for unlucky traverses not under his control.
  • A trick; a subterfuge.
  • (architecture) A gallery or loft of communication from side to side of a church or other large building.
  • (Gwilt)
  • (legal) 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", i.e. without what follows).
  • (nautical) The zigzag course or courses made by a ship in passing from one place to another; a compound course.
  • (geometry) A line lying across a figure or other lines; a transversal.
  • (firearms) The turning of a gun so as to make it point in any desired direction.
  • Verb

  • To travel across, often under difficult conditions.
  • He will have to traverse the mountain to get to the other side.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • what seas you traversed , and what fields you fought
  • (computing) To visit all parts of; to explore thoroughly.
  • to traverse all nodes in a network
  • (artillery) To rotate a gun around a vertical axis to bear upon a military target.
  • to traverse a cannon
  • (climbing) To climb or descend a steep hill at a wide angle.
  • To lay in a cross direction; to cross.
  • * Dryden
  • The parts should be often traversed , or crossed, by the flowing of the folds.
  • To cross by way of opposition; to thwart with obstacles; to obstruct.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • I cannot but admit the force of this reasoning, which I yet hope to traverse .
  • To pass over and view; to survey carefully.
  • * South
  • My purpose is to traverse the nature, principles, and properties of this detestable vice — ingratitude.
  • (carpentry) To plane in a direction across the grain of the wood.
  • to traverse a board
  • (legal) To deny formally.
  • * Dryden
  • And save the expense of long litigious laws, / Where suits are traversed , and so little won / That he who conquers is but last undone.


    (en adverb)
  • athwart; across; crosswise
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Lying across; being in a direction across something else.
  • paths cut with traverse trenches
  • * Sir H. Wotton
  • Oak being strong in all positions, may be better trusted in cross and traverse work.
  • * Hayward
  • the ridges of the fallow field traverse

    Derived terms

    * traverse drill


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