in·​ter·​sec·​tion | \ ˌin-tər-ˈsek-shən How to pronounce intersection (audio) , especially in sense 1 ˈin-tər-ˌsek- \

Definition of intersection

1 : a place or area where two or more things (such as streets) intersect
2 : the act or process of intersecting
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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Crashes occur as often as several times a month at the bridge near the intersection of Madison and Kenwood Roads, according to community members who spoke with The Enquirer. The Enquirer, "5 stories you may have missed this week," 2 Apr. 2021 The building is located in northern Orange County, near the intersection of two main thoroughfares. Washington Post, "Police seek answers in Southern California shooting that left four dead, including a 9-year-old," 1 Apr. 2021 Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department received calls before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday about a person shot near the intersection of West 71st Street and Georgetown Road. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, "Man dies after shooting at Marathon gas station on northwest side, police say," 31 Mar. 2021 Located near the intersection of Bandera and Wurzbach in Leon Valley, the new 34-seat restaurant opened for limited service last week. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio's new gluten-free restaurant Stix & Stone serves both Asian and Mexican food in Leon Valley," 31 Mar. 2021 The pursuit began Monday morning, and ended when the truck crashed into a building pillar near the intersection of East 9th Street and St. Clair Avenue. Olivia Mitchell, cleveland, "East Cleveland police involved in another pursuit that ends in crash, this time in downtown Cleveland," 29 Mar. 2021 Waukegan police were called to a motel near the intersection of North Green Bay Road and Washington Street around 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 26 after receiving reports of gunfire. Clifford Ward,, "2 charged in Waukegan motel killing," 26 Mar. 2021 Dinorah Coromoto Morales de Llovera, was a passenger in a 2017 Toyota that was hit by a Ford Fusion at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of State Road 7 and N. Central Park Boulevard in West Boca, according to the crash report. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Mother, son die from injuries sustained in crash with hit-and-run driver, cops say," 25 Mar. 2021 The garbage truck remained parked at the bottom of a hill near the intersection of Caribou Avenue and Davis Street later Thursday morning. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Garbage truck driver fatally struck by his own truck in East Anchorage," 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of intersection

1559, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of intersection was in 1559

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6 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Intersection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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