cross section

noun

Definition of cross section

1a : a cutting or piece of something cut off at right angles to an axis also : a representation of such a cutting
2 : a measure of the probability of an encounter between particles such as will result in a specified effect (such as scattering or capture)
3 : a composite representation typifying the constituents of a thing in their relations

Other Words from cross section

cross-section transitive verb
cross-sectional \ ˈkrȯs-​ˈsek-​shnəl How to pronounce cross section (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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Examples of cross section in a Sentence

a detailed cross section of the human brain The drawing showed the human brain in cross section. The class surveyed a cross section of the student body. The people in our neighborhood are a representative cross section of American society.
Recent Examples on the Web New Jersey's economic diversity also would give candidates a chance to address the needs of a cross section of businesses from mom-and-pop stores to big industrial concerns to the large retailers found in shopping malls that dot the state. Dean Obeidallah, CNN, 12 June 2022 The congregation reflects a cross section of Uvalde. New York Times, 30 May 2022 The congregation reflects a cross section of Uvalde. New York Times, 30 May 2022 But truly personalized products, available in finishes that extend beyond stainless or the standard black and white, are now accessible to a cross section of buyers who are defined as mid-tier. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 These groups were composed of a cross section of America. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2022 The company tested a new Aerocockpit design with thicker walls and a new, rounder clamp cross section under riders at July’s Tour de France, including during van der Poel’s Stage 2 win. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, 3 Dec. 2021 Govtech startups represent a vibrant cross section of entrepreneurs aiming to support some of the government’s most pressing technological challenges. Naeim Khanjani, Forbes, 17 June 2022 The congregation reflects a cross section of Uvalde. New York Times, 30 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cross section

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of cross section was in 1835

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13 Aug 2022

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“Cross section.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cross%20section. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for cross section

cross section

noun

Kids Definition of cross section

1 : a cutting made across something (as a log or an apple)
2 : a view showing what the inside of something looks like after a cut has been made through it
3 : a small group that includes examples of the different types of people or things in a larger group a cross section of voters

cross section

noun

Medical Definition of cross section

: a cutting or piece of something cut off at right angles to an axis also : a representation of such a cutting

Other Words from cross section

cross-sectional \ ˌkrȯ(s)-​ˈsek-​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce cross section (audio) \ adjective

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