intersection

noun
in·​ter·​sec·​tion | \ ˌin-tər-ˈsek-shən How to pronounce intersection (audio) , especially in sense 2 ˈin-tər-ˌsek-\

Definition of intersection

1 : the act or process of intersecting
2 : a place or area where two or more things (such as streets) intersect
3a : the set of elements common to two or more sets especially : the set of points common to two geometric configurations
b : the operation of finding the intersection of two or more sets

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a intersection 3a

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Examples of intersection in a Sentence

The accident occurred at a busy intersection. two possible points of intersection the intersection of line A and line B
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In Kissimmee, a car accident around 6:45 a.m. has cleared that was blocking the intersection of West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway and North Poinciana Boulevard. Lisa Maria Garza, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida traffic: crashes in Orange, Osceola County cleared," 2 July 2018 The protest began on the Capitol Mall around 10 a.m. but by about 11:30 a.m. protesters walked up 7th Street, blocking several intersections, before heading west to I Street. Daniel Wilson And Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Thousands march in downtown Sacramento against Trump’s anti-immigration policies," 30 June 2018 On-duty Chicago police officers have been a help on the rides, even blocking off intersections so riders could get through. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "A guide to Saturday's World Naked Bike Ride, which skirts Chicago law a little bit," 7 June 2018 In the first major overhaul since the programs’ introduction 15 years ago, the city’s Department of Finance plans to raise the fines that commercial operators pay for such infractions as double parking and blocking an intersection. Paul Berger, WSJ, "New York City to Reduce Discounts on Parking Tickets for Commercial Vehicles," 10 May 2018 The Labaik Ya Rasoolallah group blocked a main intersection linking the capital with the nearby city of Rawalpindi for 20 days to protest the omission of religious language from a parliamentary bill. Zaheer Babar, Fox News, "Pakistan minister said to be stable after shooting," 8 May 2018 The Labaik Ya Rasoolallah group blocked a main intersection linking the capital with the nearby city of Rawalpindi for 20 days to protest the omission of religious language from a parliamentary bill. Washington Post, "Pakistan minister said to be stable after shooting," 7 May 2018 Brooklinen is a trusted sheet brand from experts to consumers because the sheets meet at the intersection of quality and value and come in a wide variety of color and fabric choices. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Brooklinen Is Having a Huge Sale on Their Best-Selling Sheets Right Now," 1 May 2019 Like many other young black millennials coming of age, Big is at the intersection of discovering his own desires and being encouraged by his family to take on more responsibility. Prince Shakur, Teen Vogue, ""Native Son" Reflects a World Where Young Black Men Are Often Set Up to Fail," 16 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of intersection

1559, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of intersection was in 1559

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intersection

noun

English Language Learners Definition of intersection

: the place or point where two or more things come together especially : the place where two or more streets meet or cross each other
: the act or process of crossing or intersecting

intersection

noun
in·​ter·​sec·​tion | \ ˌin-tər-ˈsek-shən How to pronounce intersection (audio) \

Kids Definition of intersection

1 : the act or process of crossing or passing across the intersection of line A and line B
2 : the place or point where two or more things (as streets) meet or cross each other
3 : the set of mathematical elements common to two or more sets

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