- to cut or divide by passing through or across: The highway intersects the town.
- to cross, as lines or wires.
- Geometry. to have one or more points in common: intersecting lines.
Origin of intersect
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Examples from the Web for intersect
Their lives are falling apart, but they intersect in interesting, tragic, and instructive ways.Ted Thompson’s Debut Novel Features A 1 Percenter As Its Hero
May 6, 2014
This is an old-fashioned street fight in a state where the Tea Party, evangelicals, and the New South all intersect.South Carolina Street Fight in First District Congressional Primary
March 18, 2013
These wars all intersect in the conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.Condi's Three Strikes
January 15, 2009
How they must intersect, cross and intermingle each other's orbits!Aether and Gravitation
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These orbits have one feature in common: they all intersect the track of the earth.The Story of the Heavens
Robert Stawell Ball
Three lines are made to intersect this middle line, as shown in the detail.Mission Furniture
H. H. Windsor
They intersect at E, which point represents the "equilibrium of the controls."The Problems of Psychical Research
A Tangent is a line which touches a curve, but does not intersect it.An Analysis of the Lever Escapement
H. R. Playtner
- to divide, cut, or mark off by passing through or across
- (esp of roads) to cross (each other)
- maths (often foll by with) to have one or more points in common (with another configuration)
C17: from Latin intersecāre to divide, from inter- + secāre to cut
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Word Origin and History for intersect
1650s, from Latin intersectum (see intersect (v.)).
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