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bisect

[ verb bahy-sekt, bahy-sekt; noun bahy-sekt ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to cut or divide into two equal or nearly equal parts.
  2. Geometry. to cut or divide into two equal parts:

    to bisect an angle.

  3. to intersect or cross:

    the spot where the railroad tracks bisect the highway.



verb (used without object)

  1. to split into two, as a road; fork:

    There's a charming old inn just before the road bisects.

noun

  1. 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.

bisect

/ baɪˈsɛkt; baɪˈsɛkʃən /

verb

  1. tr maths to divide into two equal parts
  2. to cut or split into two


bisect

/ sĕkt′,bī-sĕkt /

  1. To cut or divide into two parts, especially two equal parts.


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Derived Forms

  • bisection, noun
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Other Words From

  • bi·section noun
  • bi·section·al adjective
  • bi·section·al·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of bisect1

1640–50; bi- 1 + -sect < Latin sectus, past participle of secāre to cut, sever; section
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Word History and Origins

Origin of bisect1

C17: bi- 1+ -sect from Latin secāre to cut
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Example Sentences

When partition came in 1947, the Pashtun demanded the redrawing of the old borders of the Raj so as not to bisect their homeland.

The next point is, to ascertain the precision with which the learner can bisect an object with the wires of the telescope.

I arranged my napkin upon my knee, seized my knife and fork, and proceeded with most critical acumen to bisect a beefsteak.

By the aid of this axiom it easily follows that the diagonals of a parallelogram bisect each other.

Draw the chord a d and bisect it at o. Through o draw e f perpendicular to a d.

South Creek did not bisect Superior, as Don thought it might, but flowed in an arc through a southern segment of it.

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