Definition of transect in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtran(t)ˌsekt/ /ˈtræn(t)ˌsɛkt/

transitive verb

[with object]technical
  • Cut across or make a transverse section in.

    ‘tissues connecting the tibia and femur were transected’
    • ‘A spokesman said: ‘A completely transected artery quickly seals itself off - one simply cannot die from losing only about a pint of blood.’’
    • ‘The muscle is transected from its insertion to the humerus so that the only remaining attachment is the nerve and blood vessels.’
    • ‘The, surgeon placed a 30-mm vascular stapler across the neck of the diverticulum and secured and transected the diverticulum.’
    • ‘The majority of these prairie species were found in the three Utility Corridors that transected the other communities.’
    • ‘After close inspection, it was seen that the bronchus to the left lower lobe was totally transected and the lobe hung on the lobar vessels.’


  • A straight line or narrow section through an object or natural feature or across the earth's surface, along which observations are made or measurements taken.

    • ‘Fifteen sets of nested plots were located at about 15 meter intervals along line transects perpendicular to the slope within the study areas.’
    • ‘The survey was flown along the same transect lines used during the 1985 and 1993 surveys.’
    • ‘The recording tape recorder was placed at 1, 5, 20, 40, 60, 80, and 100 m along the transect line.’
    • ‘The quadrant is a one metre square metal frame which is put on the seagrass bed at each ten metre point along the transect line.’
    • ‘Substrate composition was quantified along several transects perpendicular to stream flow and classified as clay and silt.’
    • ‘The first choice faced by the investigator is whether to use line transects or point transects.’


Mid 17th century (as a verb): from trans-‘through’ + Latin sect- ‘divided by cutting’ (from the verb secare).



/ˈtran(t)ˌsekt/ /ˈtræn(t)ˌsɛkt/