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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Recent Examples on the Web View Sample Sign Up Now The other story, which intersects with Nora’s, is told by Lurie, a wandering miscreant immigrant from Yugoslavia who’s recounting his life to a friend. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "'I Put 1,400 Pages in the Trash.' The Tiger's Wife Author Téa Obreht on Killing Two Books to Create Her New Novel," 13 Aug. 2019 The shooting took place in the vicinity of Bay and Albert streets, according to police, which intersect east of Nathan Phillips Square. Washington Post, "Shooting in Toronto at Raptors celebration leaves at least two with serious injuries," 17 June 2019 Seventh Street, which intersects the new development, was lined with jazz and blues clubs decades ago. Sarah Ravani,, "West Oakland readies for massive, transit-oriented apartment complex," 5 June 2019 When both are in trouble simultaneously, when the crisis inside you intersects with the crisis outside you, things get a little crazy., "Salman Rushdie’s ‘Quichotte’ reroutes a legendary journey through the 21st century - The Boston Globe," 13 Sep. 2019 Last week, space surveillance data revealed that one of SpaceX’s 60 Starlink satellites and the European Space Agency’s Aeolus satellite might intersect. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "SpaceX missed a satellite collision warning due to a software bug," 4 Sep. 2019 Yet this approach can also introduce misunderstanding: lots of people think the probability of damage is greater where each path intersects land and less likely between the lines (maps). Jessica Hullman, Scientific American, "How to Get Better at Embracing Unknowns," 3 Sep. 2019 That accelerated timeline means a trial between would directly intersect with preparations for the Tokyo Olympics. Ann Killion,, "World Cup over but Carli Lloyd and U.S. women continue to break ground," 28 Aug. 2019 Where those attributes intersect with greater force than anywhere else in his leadership of the conference, is the Pac-12’s media strategy. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Pac-12 media strategy: Larry Scott envisions a jackpot, but obstacles loom (in our opinion)," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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24 Oct 2019

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The first known use of intersect was in 1615

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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


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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not being in agreement or harmony

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