intersection

noun

in·​ter·​sec·​tion ˌin-tər-ˈsek-shən How to pronounce intersection (audio)
 especially in sense 1  ˈin-tər-ˌsek-
1
: a place or area where two or more things (such as streets) intersect
2
: the act or process of intersecting
3
a
: 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

Illustration of intersection

Illustration of intersection
  • a intersection 3a

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
Recent Examples on the Web True widths for the apparent mineralization intersection widths of the five holes approximately range from 50 to 100% of the apparent widths, with the norm for the mineralized true widths being 60 to 90% of the apparent widths. Kansas City Star, 10 Apr. 2024 The building would be built west of the Nampa Campus Academic Building at 5500 E. Opportunity Drive, near the intersection of Cherry Lane and Idaho Center Boulevard. Nick Rosenberger, Idaho Statesman, 10 Apr. 2024 Next, around 5 a.m., police in Redondo Beach responded to reports of a car crashed into a tree on Pacific Coast Highway near the intersection of Vincent Street. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2024 The southwest corners of the intersections will be reconstructed with new curbs, curb ramps and signal equipment. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 9 Apr. 2024 The 23-year-old victim was found wounded and lying on the ground in the entertainment district near the intersection of Currie and Bledsoe streets shortly after 12:20 a.m., according to the police report. Harriet Ramos, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9 Apr. 2024 The incident was reported around 11:30 p.m. on March 6 near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and El Camino Real, Redwood City police Lt. Nick Perna said in a news release. Jason Green, The Mercury News, 4 Apr. 2024 And in Detroit, John stood in the leadership position in the intersection of all that. Gary Graff, Billboard, 2 Apr. 2024 Public rooms are located at the intersection of the two curves. Mark David, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1559, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of intersection was in 1559

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“Intersection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intersection. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

intersection

noun
in·​ter·​sec·​tion ˌint-ər-ˈsek-shən How to pronounce intersection (audio)
1
: the act or process of intersecting
2
: the place or point where two or more things and especially streets intersect
a busy intersection
3
: the set of mathematical elements shared by two or more sets
especially : the set of points shared by two geometric figures

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