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[tran-sekt] /trænˈsɛkt/
verb (used with object)
to cut across; dissect transversely.
Origin of transect
1625-35; tran(s)- + Latin sectus, past participle of secāre to cut, sever (see section)
Related forms
transection, noun Unabridged
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  • All along this transect, trade-offs must be made between people and nature.
  • The program has been designed to evaluate either a transect sample and/or an inventory list of plants.
British Dictionary definitions for transect


verb (trænˈsɛkt)
(transitive) to cut or divide crossways
noun (ˈtrænsɛkt)
a sample strip of land used to monitor plant distribution, animal populations, etc, within a given area
Derived Forms
transection, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin trans- + secāre to cut
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Word Origin and History for transect

"to cut across," 1630s, from Latin trans- "across" (see trans-) + sectus, past participle of secare "to cut" (see section (n.)).

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