intersect

verb
in·​ter·​sect | \ ˌin-tər-ˈsekt How to pronounce intersect (audio) \
intersected; intersecting; intersects

Definition of intersect

transitive verb

: to pierce or divide by passing through or across : cross a comet intersecting earth's orbit one line intersects another

intransitive verb

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

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Synonyms for intersect

Synonyms

bisect, cross, cut

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Examples of intersect in a Sentence

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.
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Should those lines ever intersect, at least beyond when fans pray for those injured during play? Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Could you give up Alabama football for God?," 2 Sep. 2019 Justice, a billionaire, has faced questions about how his vast business empire intersects with his job running the state, raising stark similarities to the ethical entanglements of President Donald Trump. Ken Ward Jr., ProPublica, "Lawmakers Call for Ethics Reform to Deal With Billionaire Resort-Owning Governor," 21 Aug. 2019 Lakeland Village Center, now open, is the first of four retail centers in Bridgeland, with additional plans for a future Town Center along Grand Parkway/Texas 99, which intersects the community. Houston Chronicle, "Howard Hughes Corp. donates Bridgeland lot to the Benefit Homes Project," 3 Aug. 2019 The multiple probes highlight the extent to which some Trump appointees' past work in the private sector has intersected with their roles in the federal government. Author: Juliet Eilperin, Anchorage Daily News, "EPA’s watchdog is scrutinizing ethics practices of agency’s former air policy chief," 22 July 2019 Police say the shooting took place in the vicinity of Bay and Albert streets, which intersect east of Nathan Phillips Square, where a crowd of thousands gathered. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Report: Four injured by gunfire at Raptors victory parade," 17 June 2019 Questions abound about how the various proposals intersect with anthropic reasoning and the infamous multiverse idea. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "Cosmologists Clash Over the Beginning of the Universe," 16 June 2019 Questions abound about how the various proposals intersect with anthropic reasoning and the infamous multiverse idea. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Debate Hawking’s Idea That the Universe Had No Beginning," 6 June 2019 This exhibition is one of a six-part retrospective — staged at galleries around L.A. and San Francisco — that will examine the legacy of San Francisco’s Dilexi Gallery, a space where art intersected with the magical. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: At the Getty, one of Gordon Parks’ most controversial photographic series," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of intersect

1615, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for intersect

Latin intersectus, past participle of intersecare, from inter- + secare to cut — more at saw

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The first known use of intersect was in 1615

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intersect

verb

English Language Learners 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

intersect

verb
in·​ter·​sect | \ ˌin-tər-ˈsekt How to pronounce intersect (audio) \
intersected; intersecting

Kids Definition of intersect

: to cut or divide by passing through or across : cross One line intersects the other.

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