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cross section

noun

: a view or drawing that shows what the inside of something looks like after a cut has been made across it

: a small group that includes examples of the different types of people or things in a larger group

Full Definition of CROSS SECTION

1
a :  a cutting or piece of something cut off at right angles to an axis; also :  a representation of such a cutting
b :  section 3b
2
:  a measure of the probability of an encounter between particles such as will result in a specified effect (as scattering or capture)
3
:  a composite representation typifying the constituents of a thing in their relations
cross–section transitive verb
cross–sec·tion·al \ˈkrs-ˈsek-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of CROSS SECTION

  1. a detailed cross section of the human brain
  2. The drawing showed the human brain in cross section.
  3. The class surveyed a cross section of the student body.
  4. The people in our neighborhood are a representative cross section of American society.

First Known Use of CROSS SECTION

1835
CROSS SECTION Defined for Kids

cross section

noun

Definition of CROSS SECTION for Kids

1
:  a cutting made across something (as a log or an apple)
2
:  a view showing what the inside of something looks like after a cut has been made through it
3
:  a small group that includes examples of the different types of people or things in a larger group <a cross section of voters>
Medical Dictionary

cross section

noun

Medical Definition of CROSS SECTION

:  a cutting or piece of something cut off at right angles to an axis; also :  a representation of such a cutting
cross–sec·tion·al \ˌkr(s)-ˈsek-shnəl, -shən-əl\ adjective

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