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verb (used with object)
  1. to cut or divide by passing through or across: The highway intersects the town.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to cross, as lines or wires.
  2. Geometry. to have one or more points in common: intersecting lines.
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Origin of intersect

1605–15; < Latin intersectus, past participle of intersecāre “to cut through, sever”; see inter-, -sect
Related formsnon·in·ter·sect·ing, adjectiveself-in·ter·sect·ing, adjectiveun·in·ter·sect·ed, adjectiveun·in·ter·sect·ing, adjective
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Related Words for intersect

converge, traverse, cut, join, divide, separate, crisscross, decussate, cross, crosscut, bisect, touch, meet, intercross

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British Dictionary definitions for intersect


  1. to divide, cut, or mark off by passing through or across
  2. (esp of roads) to cross (each other)
  3. maths (often foll by with) to have one or more points in common (with another configuration)
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Word Origin for intersect

C17: from Latin intersecāre to divide, from inter- + secāre to cut
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Word Origin and History for intersect


1610s, back-formation from intersection, or else from Latin intersectus, past participle of intersecare "intersect, cut asunder," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + secare "to cut" (see section (n.)). Related: Intersected; intersecting.

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

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