open traverse

open traverse

[′ō·pən ′tra‚vərs]
(engineering)
A surveying traverse in which the last leg, because of error, does not terminate at the origin of the first leg.

open traverse

In surveying, a survey traverse in which the final line does not join the starting point.
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An open traverse is a sequence of angles and distances that defines a line or route, but does not close to form a polygon.
An open traverse is a route where the angles and distances are carefully measured, but the finished route does not form a closed polygon.
The open traverse originates at a point with a known or assumed horizontal position and terminates at a point other than the starting point.