Complete Works of Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out
They looked, and beheld a complete yellow circle of sun; next minute it was traversed by sailing stands of cloud, and then completely hidden.
She did not attempt to sit up; her husband stood on his feet, contemplated his waistcoat and trousers, shook his head, and then lay down again.
1. to cross an area of land or water;
1. to look at sb/sth in a careful way for a long time.