tran·​sect | \ tran(t)-ˈsekt How to pronounce transect (audio) \
transected; transecting; transects

Definition of transect

 (Entry 1 of 2)


tran·​sect | \ ˈtran(t)-ˌsekt How to pronounce transect (audio) \

Definition of transect (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from transect


transection \ tran(t)-​ˈsek-​shən How to pronounce transect (audio) \ noun

Examples of transect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Missouri River, swollen by the presence of the Garrison Dam, transects the reservation from the northwest corner to the southeast. David Treuer, New York Times, 25 Feb. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 11 July 2017 A 100-foot right of way for a Milwaukee Road branch line transected it. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, 10 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rose tested mosquitoes from across the Senegal transect and other countries, imprisoning them in plexiglass cages and presenting them with two olfactory options. Joshua Sokol, The Atlantic, 20 Aug. 2020 Nobody’s actually done a transect of one of these walls. Susan Casey, Outside Online, 22 Oct. 2019 There’s a 70-mile stretch of water north of Santa Rosalía that’s never had a proper biological transect. Smithsonian, 22 Aug. 2019 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, 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, 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, 25 July 2017 For instance, fishing trawlers tend to track back and forth in transects. National Geographic, 22 Mar. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'transect.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of transect


1634, in the meaning defined above


1905, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for transect


trans- + intersect

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About transect

Time Traveler for transect

Time Traveler

The first known use of transect was in 1634

See more words from the same year

Statistics for transect

Cite this Entry

“Transect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for transect


transitive verb
tran·​sect | \ tran-ˈsekt How to pronounce transect (audio) \

Medical Definition of transect

: to cut transversely


Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!