Definition of intersection in English:

intersection

Line breaks: inter|sec¦tion
Pronunciation: /ɪntəˈsɛkʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

1A point or line common to lines or surfaces that intersect: the intersection of a plane and a cone
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1A point at which two or more things intersect, especially a road junction: a red light at the intersection with Brompton Road
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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.
Synonyms
road junction, junction, T-junction, interchange, crossroads, crossing; level crossing, railway crossing; Britishroundabout
1.2An act of intersecting: his course is on a direct intersection with ours
More example sentences
  • Ordinary news consumers were thus directed to the intersection of those two groups.

Origin

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

Derivatives

intersectional

adjective
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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.

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