intersect

verb
in·​ter·​sect | \ ˌin-tər-ˈsekt \
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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In panels of quiet intricacy, the story follows the intersecting lives of three people affected by a young woman’s murder. WSJ, "Who Read What in 2018: Fiction and Literature," 10 Dec. 2018 While Wright used intersecting parallelograms to make modestly-sized homes like the 1,900-square-foot Kraus House seem more spacious, this property takes the same idea and applies it to a sprawling 4,932 square feet. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired ‘parallelogram’ house asks $560K," 3 Dec. 2018 The years-long legal dispute between Facebook and the tiny app company Six4Three has now intersected with an ongoing British investigation into Facebook's privacy practices—resulting in a strange twist. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Six4Three exec “panicked” in UK MP’s office, gave up Facebook internal files," 27 Nov. 2018 How Pelosi’s leadership intersects with those goals helps explain anti-Pelosi sentiment among certain members of her party, and why many Democratic candidates are noncommittal about supporting her as leader. Matthew Green, Vox, "What Pelosi’s defenders miss," 29 Oct. 2018 Vector lines intersect with ovals and triangles; glinting 1950s nostalgia starbursts are everywhere. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Midcentury modern wallpaper lets you live out your 1950s dreams," 5 Oct. 2018 Where the cloud bases intersect with the land, visibility can be greatly reduced. Robert Krier, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Make way for May gray," 10 May 2018 Regardless of their independent motivations, both men represent the nexus where distrust of scientific fact intersects with distrust of the press and of government. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Who’s Afraid of David Hogg?," 6 Apr. 2018 The airport, which has two intersecting runways now, will remain at 35 gates, the same as today, and takeoff and landing slots will remain controlled. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "New York’s Three Airports: Bottom of the Heap," 14 Nov. 2018

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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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More Definitions for intersect

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 \
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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