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 development agreement says the incentives were necessary to spur development on the land because of its odd shape, proximity to the railroad tracks and because the land is bisected by Fifth Street. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "Tempe development deal loaded with perks. Critics ask why," 20 Apr. 2017 The Galaxy Fold is slightly longer and narrower than a standard smartphone when folded, but opens up to the size of a small tablet, with the internal screen display bisected by a crease. Washington Post, "Samsung folding phone to launch after screen problem delay," 5 Sep. 2019 But way before her dress fittings at Oscar de la Renta—documented here—and an epic walk down a 262-foot long aisle bisecting the town square at Castiglion del Bosco, there was the meet cute in Miami that started everything. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Tennis Star Caroline Wozniacki Wears Custom Oscar de la Renta to Her Wedding Under the Tuscan Sun," 15 June 2019 The curvy smoothness of the lines are contrary to the contrived points, planes, arcs, angles and bisecting lines so popular today. (james Halfacre), San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Mazda3: elevated design, distinct character," 8 June 2019 North is up; Pluto's equator roughly bisects the band of dark red terrains running across the lower third of the map. Lauren Kent, CNN, "Why Pluto is no longer a planet (or is it?)," 24 Aug. 2019 The edge of the circle of light cast by his desk lamp bisected Leif across his pale chest. Caleb Crain, Harper's magazine, "Talkin’ ’Bout a Revolution," 22 July 2019 Construction of the land bridge to connect the two sections of Phil Hardberger Park bisected by Wurzbach Parkway will begin this month. Austin Taylor,, "Construction of first land bridge in San Antonio starting this month," 9 Aug. 2019 Yellow Creek, a river bisecting the property that was once one of the best trout fisheries in the state, has been infected by a pathogen that causes whirling disease, which is deadly to native trout. Spencer Silva,, "PG&E owns land across California. What will happen to it?," 24 June 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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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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