Definition of intersect in English:


Syllabification: in·ter·sect
Pronunciation: /ˌintərˈsekt


[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.


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

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