Definition of intersect in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈsekt/


[with object]
1Divide (something) by passing or lying across it: occasionally the water table intersects the earth’s surface, forming streams and lakes the area is intersected only by minor roads
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  • If a CME travels on a path that intersects the Earth's orbit around the Sun, the results can be spectacular and sometimes hazardous.
  • Meanwhile, 35-foot stone masts buttress the two-storey entry hall and living area, intersecting the main structure at 45 degrees.
  • They are all in orbits that intersect the Earth's orbit and they are all large enough to cause widespread damage in an Earth impact.
bisect, divide, cut in two/half, cut across/through, crosscut;
cross, traverse
1.1 [no object] (Of two or more things) pass or lie across each other: lines of latitude and longitude intersect at right angles
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  • All different groups came together and intersected with each other.
  • On the other hand, they might pass other hallways, intersecting with their own.
  • There was a great diversity of interests that intersected and passed through the Hop.
cross, crisscross
technical decussate


Early 17th century: from Latin intersect- 'cut, intersected', from the verb intersecare, from inter- 'between' + secare 'to cut'.

Words that rhyme with intersect

affect, bisect, bull-necked, collect, confect, connect, correct, defect, deflect, deject, detect, direct, effect, eject, elect, erect, expect, infect, inflect, inject, inspect, interconnect, interject, misdirect, neglect, object, perfect, project, prospect, protect, reflect, reject, respect, resurrect, sect, select, subject, suspect, transect, unchecked, Utrecht

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Syllabification: in·ter·sect

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