- 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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- 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 intersected
1650s, from Latin intersectum (see intersect (v.)).
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