bisect

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verb bi·sect \ˈbī-ˌsekt, bī-ˈ\

Definition of bisect

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

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  cross, intersect

bisection

play \ˈbī-ˌsek-shən, bī-ˈ\ noun

bisectional

play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

bisectionally

adverb

Examples of bisect in a Sentence

  1. Draw a line that bisects the angle.

  2. The city is bisected by the highway.

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Origin and Etymology of bisect

1bi- + intersect


First Known Use: circa 1645

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BISECT Defined for English Language Learners

bisect

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verb

Definition of bisect for English Language Learners

  • : to divide (something) into two equal parts


BISECT Defined for Kids

bisect

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verb bi·sect \ˈbī-ˌsekt\

Definition of bisect for Students

bisected

;

bisecting

  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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