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trisect

[trahy-sekt, trahy-sekt] /traɪˈsɛkt, ˈtraɪ sɛkt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to divide into three parts, especially into three equal parts.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; tri- + -sect < Latin sectus, past participle of secāre to cut, sever; see section
Related forms
trisection, noun
trisector, noun
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  • He divided the large living room into three spaces, using the beams that trisect the ceiling as a guide.
  • Railroad tracks trisect the neighborhood and are a dominant feature.
  • Already bisected by a roadway, new construction would trisect the property.
  • Looking down into the cylinder, mark three spots that trisect the circle evenly.
British Dictionary definitions for trisect

trisect

/traɪˈsɛkt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to divide into three parts, esp three equal parts
Derived Forms
trisection (traɪˈsɛkʃən) noun
trisector, noun
Word Origin
C17: tri- + -sect from Latin secāre to cut
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Word Origin and History for trisect
v.

1660s (implied in trisection), from tri- "three" + Latin sectus "cut," past participle of secare "to cut" (see section (n.)). Probably patterned on bisect.

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