[verb bahy-sekt, bahy-sekt; noun bahy-sekt]
- to cut or divide into two equal or nearly equal parts.
- Geometry. to cut or divide into two equal parts: to bisect an angle.
- to intersect or cross: the spot where the railroad tracks bisect the highway.
- to split into two, as a road; fork: There's a charming old inn just before the road bisects.
- Also called split. Philately. a portion of a stamp, usually half, used for payment of a proportionate amount of the face value of the whole stamp.
Origin of bisect
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Examples from the Web for bisect
When partition came in 1947, the Pashtun demanded the redrawing of the old borders of the Raj so as not to bisect their homeland.David's Book Club: Pakistan, Between Mosque and Military
April 23, 2012
We must bisect as far as may be, but the division is after all to be into limbs, not parts.
In addition they learned how to bisect and trisect the angle.An Introduction to the History of Science
After bisecting the Antiphasis, you can proceed to bisect each of the sections; and so on.Aristotle
Bisect its short edges and rule a line connecting these points.Text Books of Art Education, Book IV (of 7)
Hugo B. Froehlich
Now we do some more of that bisecting; this time we bisect EC at F.
- (tr) maths to divide into two equal parts
- to cut or split into two
C17: bi- 1 + -sect from Latin secāre to cut
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Word Origin and History for bisect
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To cut or divide into two parts, especially two equal parts.
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