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traverse (verb) cross an area of land or water.
When you traverse, you cross an area of land or water. You move across, over, or through an area of and water. In mountain climbing you traverse a mountain, when you move sideways or walk across instead of climbing up or down it, you traverse it.
- It took six hors for them to traverse the jungle. At the end of it they realized all that they could cover was a distance of just 6 kilometers. The jungle was so thick.
- The boat traversed down the stream. It was quite fast as the flow down stream was quite rapid. The moved very fast as it was down stream.