Definition of intersect in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Divide (something) by passing or lying across it.

    ‘the area is intersected only by minor roads’
    • ‘occasionally the water table intersects the earth's surface, forming streams and lakes’
    • ‘If a CME travels on a path that intersects the Earth's orbit around the Sun, the results can be spectacular and sometimes hazardous.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, 35-foot stone masts buttress the two-storey entry hall and living area, intersecting the main structure at 45 degrees.’
    • ‘They are all in orbits that intersect the Earth's orbit and they are all large enough to cause widespread damage in an Earth impact.’
    • ‘The original spiral structure is hard to detect due to not only the loose and delicate meshwork but also the rarity of a cross section that intersects this inner part.’
    • ‘This circulation axis is intersected by several cross streets from north to south linking the new developments and the Mass Transit Railway station to the north and the waterfront to the south.’
    • ‘I was a bit worried at her lack of street riding experience, but where the bike path intersected driveways and cross streets, everyone stopped and waved us through.’
    • ‘The vernal equinox is defined in astronomy as that point in space where the plane of the Earth's orbit around the Sun, the ecliptic, intersects the plane of the Earth's equator extended into space.’
    • ‘If a CME erupts on the side of the Sun facing Earth, and if our orbit intersects the path of that cloud, the results can be spectacular and sometimes hazardous.’
    • ‘Iron is transferred via ground water from topographically higher areas and precipitation occurs at valley base, where the land surface intersects the water table.’
    • ‘This happens when the shadow cone of the Moon intersects the surface of the Earth, and is observable by anyone within this shadow zone.’
    • ‘Some ways along the road, another street intersected it, forming a cross of sorts.’
    • ‘This genre intersects the literary avant-garde, visual and concrete poetry, text-based installations, net art, software art, and netspeak.’
    • ‘Obviously whether the postmark actually intersects the stamp or not has an impact on whether or not it's still functionally usable as a medium of letter exchange, so that's probably an extra piece of metadata there.’
    • ‘A romantic black comedy in three parts, the movie gathers and intersects several stories about migration and about those who stay behind.’
    • ‘I'm immersed as well and can see clearly the realm where the text I create intersects the visual world that forms such a vital part of our culture.’
    • ‘But in the realm where corporate aviation intersects politics, predictable battlelines are drawn.’
    • ‘The question is, should we get worried about the purple line intersecting the blue line right there in 2014?’
    • ‘As he stood there, looking down the footpath that ran past his girlfriend's gate, he noticed four men come into the crossroads formed where the footpath intersected another footpath, a short distance away from his girlfriend's house.’
    • ‘Yet the historical part of Edinburgh, the part most frequented by visitors, is a slum intersected by ancient houses that have been segregated and turned into museums and training-colleges.’
    • ‘My sound files intersect their collections in several tracks.’
    bisect, divide, halve, cut in two, cut in half, cut across, cut through
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    1. 1.1no object (of two or more things) pass or lie across each other.
      ‘lines of latitude and longitude intersect at right angles’
      • ‘All different groups came together and intersected with each other.’
      • ‘On the other hand, they might pass other hallways, intersecting with their own.’
      • ‘There was a great diversity of interests that intersected and passed through the Hop.’
      • ‘Since none of the campaigns intersect with each other, this can be quite jarring to your feeling of progress, especially with the limited amount of gameplay.’
      • ‘These distance measurements tell you that you are situated somewhere on the circle where two spheres intersect.’
      • ‘I wasn't marooned in a sweltering jungle somewhere in the tropics; rather, I was in a country without a single jungle, a country that intersects with the Arctic Circle, in fact, and I was seated in a hexagonal box.’
      • ‘Your career counselor will assist you in understanding fully how these three circles intersect with your unique self.’
      • ‘The hard part is to find where the circles intersect, so we can get the angles of the yellow sectors.’
      • ‘(It is assumed that no more than two lines intersect at any point inside the circle).’
      • ‘Like the lines of longitude on Earth, each great circle eventually intersects with every other great circle at the poles of the sphere.’
      • ‘Although they are parallel to each other, neither world can ever intersect.’
      • ‘While some of the narrative threads intersect and mingle, others hardly impinge on each other at all.’
      • ‘Sometimes these axes may intersect, but they also function quite independently of each other.’
      • ‘Neither of the two stories intersects in any way - they just take turns eating up screen time and end independently of one another.’
      • ‘Rhythmic and precise, the keyboards, guitars and drums mingle like city traffic, intersecting sharply at right angles.’
      • ‘While these two lines rarely intersect, one point of convergence is the issue of digital preservation.’
      • ‘At the level of scientific reasoning the two kingdoms do not intersect.’
      • ‘At both ends, intersecting at right angles, were two extensions to this table.’
      • ‘Conceiving the two continua as intersecting to form a grid, we get a four-part ‘model’.’
      • ‘These aren't mutually exclusive, of course - they're intersecting areas of a Venn diagram.’
      cross, criss-cross
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/ˌin(t)ərˈsek(t)/ /ˌɪn(t)ərˈsɛk(t)/


Early 17th century from Latin intersect- ‘cut, intersected’, from the verb intersecare, from inter- ‘between’ + secare ‘to cut’.