bisect

[v. bahy-sekt, bahy-sekt; n. bahy-sekt] /v. baɪˈsɛkt, ˈbaɪ sɛkt; n. ˈbaɪ sɛkt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to cut or divide into two equal or nearly equal parts.
2.
Geometry. to cut or divide into two equal parts:
"to bisect an angle."
3.
to intersect or cross:
"the spot where the railroad tracks bisect the highway."
verb (used without object)
4.
to split into two, as a road; fork:
"There's a charming old inn just before the road bisects."
noun
5.
Also called split. Philately. a portion of a stamp, usually half, used for payment of a proportionate amount of the face value of the whole stamp.
Origin
1640–50; bi-1 + -sect
Related forms
bisection, noun
bisectional, adjective
bisectionally, adverb
Can be confused
bisect, dissect.
British Dictionary definitions for bisect
bisect (baɪˈsɛkt)
 
vb
1.  (tr) maths to divide into two equal parts
2.  to cut or split into two
 
[C17: bi-1 + -sect from Latin secāre to cut]
 
bisection
 
n

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Word Origin and History for bisect
bisect
"to cut in two," 1640s, from Mod.L. bisectus, pp. of bisecare, from bi- "two" + secare "to cut" (see section).
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bisect in Science
bisect
  (bī'sěkt', bī-sěkt')   
To cut or divide into two parts, especially two equal parts.
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