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Definitions for intersect
ˌɪn tərˈsɛktin·ter·sect

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intersect, crossverb

    meet at a point


  1. intersectverb

    to cross; to cut

    Parallel lines don't intersect.

  2. intersectverb

    of two sets, to have at least one element in common

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To INTERSECTverb

    To cut; to divide each other mutually.

    Etymology: interseco, Lat.

    Perfect and viviparous quadrupeds so stand in their position of proneness, that the opposite joints of neighbour legs consist in the same plane; and a line descending from their navel intersects at right angles the axis of the earth. Brown.

    Excited by a vigorous loadstone, it will somewhat depress its animated extreme, and intersect the horizontal circumference. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. ii.

  2. To Intersectverb

    To meet and cross each other.

    The sagittal suture usually begins at that point where these lines intersect. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.


  1. intersect

    Intersect refers to the action or fact of two or more things crossing or meeting at a point. In mathematics, it is used to describe the common elements of two or more sets. In general, it implies the sharing of a common ground, area, or characteristic among different entities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intersectverb

    to cut into or between; to cut or cross mutually; to divide into parts; as, any two diameters of a circle intersect each other at the center

  2. Intersectverb

    to cut into one another; to meet and cross each other; as, the point where two lines intersect

  3. Etymology: [L. intersectus, p. p. of intersecare to intersect; inter + secare to cut. See Section.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Intersect

    in-tėr-sekt′, v.t. to cut between or asunder: to cut or cross mutually: to divide into parts.—v.i. to cross each other.—n. Intersec′tion, intersecting: (geom.) the point or line in which two lines or two planes cut each other.—adj. Intersec′tional. [L. inter, between, secāre, sectum, to cut.]

Editors Contribution

  1. intersect

    To meet at a point.

    The lines did intersect on the graph.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 3, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intersect in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intersect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of intersect in a Sentence

  1. Charles Krauthammer:

    Everybody knows that on every issue, she has a private position and a public. If they intersect, that's nice. But if it doesn't, that's the way she operates.

  2. Marcelo Claure:

    Ziad is one of the world's most successful and respected government affairs executives with a proven track record managing issues for large global entities where business interests intersect with public policy.

  3. Kate Bahn:

    These things sort of all intersect with each other and just lead to, generally speaking, higher barriers to economic security for Black workers.

  4. Hermann Hesse:

    Every man is more than just himself he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way and never again.

  5. Hermann Hesse:

    One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time.

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