Definition of intersection in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈsekSH(ə)n/


1A point or line common to lines or surfaces that intersect: the intersection of a plane and a cone
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  • Through that point draw a horizontal line to the intersection with the hypotenuse.
  • As with Morley's Miracle, we get a triangle at the intersection of those lines.
  • Simple results on arrangements of lines can be proved merely by observing that the lines and their intersections can be represented as a planar graph.
crossing, crisscrossing;
1.1A point at which two or more things intersect, especially roads: red and green lights at the nearby intersection
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  • Different models were explored to estimate the accident rate at road intersections.
  • However, greater road width at the intersection was found to have broadly the same benefit as ghost islands.
  • He adds that the traffic police should disallow left turns on some intersections of the road.
1.2An action of intersecting: his course is on a direct intersection with ours
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  • Ordinary news consumers were thus directed to the intersection of those two groups.



Pronunciation: /-SHənl/
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  • It was this organized effort to undermine slavery… that put such a strain on intersectional relations and sent antagonists and protagonists of slavery scurrying headlong into the 1850s determined to have their uncompromising way.
  • In order to ensure appropriate treatment and access to health care, and to address the intersectional oppression matrix (class, race, gender) that affects women of color, a comprehensive human rights-based approach is necessary.
  • The most one could expect is that we will dare to speak against internal exclusions and marginalizations, that we might call attention to how the identity of ‘the group’ has been centered on the intersectional identities of a few.


Mid 16th century: from Latin intersectio(n-), from intersecare (see intersect).

Words that rhyme with intersection

abjection, affection, circumspection, collection, complexion, confection, connection, convection, correction, defection, deflection, dejection, detection, direction, ejection, election, genuflection, imperfection, infection, inflection, injection, inspection, insurrection, interconnection, interjection, introspection, lection, misdirection, objection, perfection, predilection, projection, protection, refection, reflection, rejection, resurrection, retrospection, section, selection, subjection, transection, vivisection

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Syllabification: in·ter·sec·tion

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