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cross-section

[kraws-sek-shuh n, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˈsɛk ʃən, ˈkrɒs-/
adjective
1.
Also, cross-sectional. of or pertaining to a cross section.
verb (used with object)
2.
to make or divide into a cross section.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80
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Word Origin and History for crosssection

cross-section

n.

also cross section, 1748, originally in engineering sketches, from cross (adj.) + section (n.). Figurative sense of "representative sample" is from 1903.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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