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intersect

When two things intersect, they run into each other, or lie across each other. Your street might intersect with a main avenue, and your life will hopefully intersect with the lives of other interesting people.

In geometry, when a line intersects another line, they meet at exactly one point, and when a circle intersects a line, there are two points where they touch each other. When two streets intersect, you get an intersection, where you'll often find a stop sign or traffic signal. The Latin root of intersect is intersectus, "intersect or cut asunder," which combines inter-, "between," and secare, "to cut."

Definitions of intersect
  1. verb
    meet at a point
    synonyms: cross
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    types:
    cross
    meet and pass
    decussate
    cross or intersect so as to form a cross
    type of:
    come across, encounter, meet, run across, run into, see
    come together
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