[ verb bahy-sekt, bahy-sekt; noun bahy-sekt ]
/ verb baɪˈsɛkt, ˈbaɪ sɛkt; noun ˈbaɪ sɛkt /
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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.
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Origin of bisect
OTHER WORDS FROM bisectbi·sec·tion, nounbi·sec·tion·al, adjectivebi·sec·tion·al·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bisectbisect , dissect
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How to use bisect in a sentence
The bisection of the victim symbolized Christ slain and affording access to God through himself.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham
Down from the right-hand bisection came the boys of the Triangle X outfit.Blazed Trail Stories|Stewart Edward White
Mitreing consists of halving the angle and making each piece to fit the line of bisection.Woodwork Joints|William Fairham
Mr. Frazer does not here pretend to guess why the bisection occurred.
The 'bisection' of his theory could not, I fear, be 'gradual.'
British Dictionary definitions for bisect
/ (baɪˈsɛkt) /
(tr) maths to divide into two equal parts
to cut or split into two
Derived forms of bisectbisection (baɪˈsɛkʃən), noun
Word Origin for bisect
C17: bi- 1 + -sect from Latin secāre to cut
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for bisect
[ bī′sĕkt′, bī-sĕkt′ ]
To cut or divide into two parts, especially two equal parts.
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