Definition of transect in English:


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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).