transect

verb
tran·sect | \tran(t)-ˈsekt \
transected; transecting; transects

Definition of transect 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transect

noun
tran·sect | \ˈtran(t)-ˌsekt \

Definition of transect (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sample area (as of vegetation) usually in the form of a long continuous strip

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Verb

transection \tran(t)-ˈsek-shən \ noun

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Of significant interest to Alaskans should be the situation on the Canadian side of the border, which brings home the challenges of managing fisheries along a 2,000-mile river that transects two nations. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘Kings of the Yukon,’ paddling 2,000 miles to witness what’s left behind when salmon runs falter," 30 June 2018 Over the years the course of the river moved closer and closer, taking the trees, and eventually requiring the protective levee and river road to transect the front yard of the house. Lindsay Bierman, Southern Living, "The New Must-Have Coffee Table Book: New Roads and Old Rivers," 20 Aug. 2012 Prosecutor Steve Crump: Was David Leath in any way capable of any sort of voluntary movement after that bullet transected his brain? Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Raynella Leath: The Widow on Solway Road," 30 Sep. 2017 The forest comprises more than 2 million acres, and at least a half-dozen miniature mountain ranges transect the plot, which is home to several unique species. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "The total solar eclipse will occur over some of the nation’s more unique landmarks," 17 Aug. 2017 Over the years the course of the river moved closer and closer, taking the trees, and eventually requiring the protective levee and river road to transect the front yard of the house. Lindsay Bierman, Southern Living, "The New Must-Have Coffee Table Book: New Roads and Old Rivers," 11 July 2017 A 100-foot right of way for a Milwaukee Road branch line transected it. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Property in the right of the beholder," 10 June 2017

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Unbeknownst to most state residents, a pilot flew a Cessna on east-west transects over Wisconsin earlier this year. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: As habitat dwindles, duck numbers deserve a close watch," 4 July 2018 The volunteers who walked the transects were not firefighters, and were not carrying packs (in an emergency, firefighters are taught to drop their packs). Nathan Hurst, Smithsonian, "This Mapping Tool Could Help Wilderness Firefighters Plan Escape Routes," 13 Oct. 2017 On the first transect of the South Pacific gyre in 2011, Marcus Eriksen, marine plastic expert and research director at the 5 Gyres Institute, did not spot much plastic. Shaena Montanari, National Geographic, "Plastic Garbage Patch Bigger Than Mexico Found in Pacific," 25 July 2017 For instance, fishing trawlers tend to track back and forth in transects. National Geographic, "New Maps May Help Chase Down Poachers Before They Strike," 22 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of transect

Verb

1634, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1905, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for transect

Verb

trans- + intersect

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The first known use of transect was in 1634

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transect

transitive verb
tran·sect | \tran-ˈsekt \

Medical Definition of transect 

: to cut transversely

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