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intersect

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verb in·ter·sect \ˌin-tər-ˈsekt\

Simple Definition of intersect

  • : to divide (something) by passing through or across it

  • : to meet and cross at one or more points

  • : to share some common area

Full Definition of intersect

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to pierce or divide by passing through or across :  cross <a comet intersecting earth's orbit> <one line intersects another>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to meet and cross at a point <lines intersecting at right angles>

  5. 2 :  to share a common area :  overlap <where morality and self-interest intersect>

Examples of intersect

  1. A dry stream bed intersects the trail in several places.

  2. Line A intersects with line B.

  3. The two roads intersect at the edge of town.



Origin of intersect

Latin intersectus, past participle of intersecare, from inter- + secare to cut — more at saw


First Known Use: 1615


INTERSECT Defined for Kids

intersect

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verb in·ter·sect \ˌin-tər-ˈsekt\

Definition of intersect

in·ter·sect·edin·ter·sect·ing

  1. :  to cut or divide by passing through or across :  cross <One line intersects the other.>





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