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intersect
intersect
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ˌɪn
tərˈsɛkt
/
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inter
sekt
]
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verb (used with object)
1.
to cut or divide by passing through or across:
The highway intersects the town.
verb (used without object)
2.
to cross, as lines or wires.
3.
Geometry
.
to have one or more points in common:
intersecting lines.
Origin:
1605–15;
<
Latin
intersectus
past participle of
intersecāre
to cut through, sever. See
inter
,
sect
Related forms
nonintersecting,
adjective
selfintersecting,
adjective
unintersected,
adjective
unintersecting,
adjective
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Collins
World English Dictionary
intersect
(ˌɪntəˈsɛkt)
—
vb
1.
to divide, cut, or mark off by passing through or across
2.
(esp of roads) to cross (each other)
3.
(
often foll by
with
)
maths
to have one or more points in common (with another configuration)
[C17: from Latin
intersecāre
to divide, from
inter
+
secāre
to cut]
Collins English Dictionary  Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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Word Origin & History
intersect
1610s, from L. intersectus, pp. of intersecare "intersect, cut asunder," from inter "between" + secare "to cut" (see
section
).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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