bi·​sect | \ ˈbī-ˌsekt How to pronounce bisect (audio) , bī-ˈsekt \
bisected; bisecting; bisects

Definition of bisect

transitive verb

: to divide into two usually equal parts

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Other Words from bisect

bisection \ ˈbī-​ˌsek-​shən How to pronounce bisection (audio) , bī-​ˈsek-​ \ noun
bisectional \ ˈbī-​ˌsek-​shnəl How to pronounce bisectional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
bisectionally adverb

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Examples of bisect in a Sentence

Draw a line that bisects the angle. The city is bisected by the highway.
Recent Examples on the Web The Belgian town, Baarle-Hertog, is an enclave inside the Netherlands, just 10 kilometers or so from the border, and bisected in dizzying ways by the Dutch town, Baarle-Nassau. Mick Krever, CNN, "In a town of two nations, Belgian bars are shuttered. Dutch pubs will soon be open across the street," 15 May 2020 On a cold November morning Cove and DeGayner cruised the two-lane highway that bisects Crocodile Lake, armed with a list of nest sites to check. Carrie Arnold, Scientific American, "Can We Save the Woodrat without Slaughtering Cats?," 29 Mar. 2020 The rim of the crater casts a shadow that almost perfectly bisects the gaping basin; the inky black is a concentrated counterweight to the wide-open sky. Max Norman, The New Yorker, "Emmet Gowin’s Tender Photography of Nuclear Destruction," 7 Nov. 2019 The new fulfillment center will be strategically located in the Mount Comfort Corridor, about one mile east of Indianapolis and bisected by I-70. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "Amazon planning new facility that will bring more than 800 new jobs to Central Indiana," 5 Feb. 2020 Like other remote land that the border wall will bisect, many people are concerned with how the unnatural barrier will irreparably impact Organ Pipe's unique habitat. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Arizona national monument, home to sacred Native American burial sites, is being blown up for the border wall," 7 Feb. 2020 The busy Bay Bridge Road now bisects the community, separating the historic Union Missionary Baptist Church from the graveyard where several of its African founders are buried. National Geographic, "," 16 Jan. 2020 The toll road would extend from State Road 417 at Orlando International Airport along a winding route nearly 9 miles east, bisecting Split Oak along the way, to an area slated for massive development in coming years. Kevin Spear,, "Split Oak Forest chosen for toll road extension — but opposition vows to fight on," 11 Dec. 2019 South Capitol Street, the major North-South thoroughfare, bisects the neighborhood and acts as a sort of dividing line between the new, sleek Washington and and its older, grittier self. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "The Nationals are their neighbor: learning to live next door to baseball," 26 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of bisect

circa 1645, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for bisect

bi- entry 1 + intersect

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The first known use of bisect was circa 1645

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25 May 2020

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“Bisect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bisect

: to divide (something) into two equal parts


bi·​sect | \ ˈbī-ˌsekt How to pronounce bisect (audio) \
bisected; bisecting

Kids Definition of bisect

1 : to divide into two equal parts

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