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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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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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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2 Oct 2022

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“Intersect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intersect. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for intersect

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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