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bisect

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verb bi·sect \ˈbī-ˌsekt, bī-ˈ\

Simple Definition of bisect

  • : to divide (something) into two equal parts

Full Definition of bisect

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to divide into two usually equal parts

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  cross, intersect

bi·sec·tion play \ˈbī-ˌsek-shən, bī-ˈ\ noun
bi·sec·tion·al play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
bi·sec·tion·al·ly adverb

Examples of bisect

  1. Draw a line that bisects the angle.

  2. The city is bisected by the highway.



Origin of bisect

1bi- + intersect


First Known Use: circa 1645

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BISECT Defined for Kids

bisect

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verb bi·sect \ˈbī-ˌsekt\

Definition of bisect

bi·sect·edbi·sect·ing

  1. 1 :  to divide into two equal parts

  2. 2 :  intersect



History for bisect

When you bisect something you are cutting it in two. The word bisect itself will tell you that if you know Latin. The word was formed in English, but it came from two Latin elements. The bi- came from a Latin prefix meaning “two.” The -sect came from a Latin verb secare meaning “to cut.”



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