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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The Rams make great use of switch and stack releases, with receivers’ routes intersecting off the line, distorting defenders’ coverage assignments. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Sean McVay vs. Kyle Shanahan: The NFL’s Best New Coaching Rivalry," 18 June 2018 From that moment of pacification on, Bobby and Chuck’s storylines barely intersected. refinery29.com, "Billions Season 3 Finale Recap: "The Death Zone"," 11 June 2018 This bio-ink was printed in a spiral pattern that intersected with the electronic ink of the nanoribbons. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Your Next Electrical Source: Bionic Mushrooms," 9 Nov. 2018 Cloudflare, the content delivery network and website security provider, has increasingly been pushing into businesses that intersect with its core missions. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Cloudflare gets into registrar business with wholesale domains and free privacy," 28 Sep. 2018 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

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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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