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cross section

noun

Simple Definition of cross section

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cross section

  1. 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. 2 :  a measure of the probability of an encounter between particles such as will result in a specified effect (as scattering or capture)

  3. 3 :  a composite representation typifying the constituents of a thing in their relations

cross–section transitive verb
cross–sectional play \ˈkrȯs-ˈsek-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of cross section in a sentence

  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.



1835

First Known Use of cross section

1835


CROSS SECTION Defined for Kids

cross section

noun

Definition of cross section for Students

  1. 1 :  a cutting made across something (as a log or an apple)

  2. 2 :  a view showing what the inside of something looks like after a cut has been made through it

  3. 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

  1. :  a cutting or piece of something cut off at right angles to an axis; also :  a representation of such a cutting

cross–sectional \ˌkrȯ(s)-ˈsek-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective




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