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transect

[tran-sekt]
verb (used with object)
  1. to cut across; dissect transversely.
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Origin of transect

1625–35; tran(s)- + Latin sectus, past participle of secāre to cut, sever (see section)
Related formstran·sec·tion, noun
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Related Words

crosscut, bisect, intersect, traverse, cut, divide, shear, hack, separate, cleave

British Dictionary definitions for transecting

transect

verb (trænˈsɛkt)
  1. (tr) to cut or divide crossways
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noun (ˈtrænsɛkt)
  1. a sample strip of land used to monitor plant distribution, animal populations, etc, within a given area
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Derived Formstransection, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin trans- + secāre to cut
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Word Origin and History for transecting

transect

v.

"to cut across," 1630s, from Latin trans- "across" (see trans-) + sectus, past participle of secare "to cut" (see section (n.)).

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