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

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

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

1640–50; bi-1 + -sect < Latin sectus, past participle of secāre to cut, sever; see section
Related formsbi·sec·tion, nounbi·sec·tion·al, adjectivebi·sec·tion·al·ly, adverb
Can be confusedbisect dissect Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(tr) maths to divide into two equal parts
to cut or split into two
Derived Formsbisection (baɪˈsɛkʃən), noun

Word Origin for bisect

C17: bi- 1 + -sect from Latin secāre to cut
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Word Origin and History for bisect

"to cut in two," 1640s, from Modern Latin bisectus, from Latin bi- "two" (see bi-) + secare "to cut" (see section (n.)). Related: Bisected; bisecting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bisect in Science


[bīsĕkt′, bī-sĕkt]

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