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
: to pierce or divide by passing through or across : cross <a comet intersecting earth's orbit> <one line intersects another>
1 : to meet and cross at a point <lines intersecting at right angles>
2 : to share a common area : overlap <where morality and self-interest intersect>
Examples of intersect
A dry stream bed intersects the trail in several places.
Line A intersects with line B.
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
Rhymes with intersect
acrolect, architect, birth defect, circumspect, deselect, dialect, disaffect, disconnect, disinfect, disrespect, edge effect, genuflect, grapholect, incorrect, indirect, in effect, intellect, interject, introject, introspect, lake effect, misdirect, preselect, re-collect, recollect, redirect, reelect, resurrect, retrospect, self-respect, side effect, turtlenecked, vivisect
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