intersect

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verb in·ter·sect \ ˌin-tər-ˈsekt \

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

Examples of intersect in a Sentence

  1. A dry stream bed intersects the trail in several places.

  2. Line A intersects with line B.

  3. The two roads intersect at the edge of town.

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Origin and Etymology of intersect

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

intersect Synonyms

Synonyms
bisect, cross, cut
Related Words
crisscross, decussate

INTERSECT Defined for English Language Learners

intersect

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Definition of intersect for English Language Learners

  • : to divide (something) by passing through or across it

  • : to meet and cross at one or more points

  • : to share some common area


INTERSECT Defined for Kids

intersect

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verb in·ter·sect \ ˌin-tər-ˈsekt \

Definition of intersect for Students

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


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