cross section

cross section
cross section cross section v. t. to create one or a series of {cross sections[3]} by cutting (an object) into thin slices. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • cross-section — also cross section, 1748, originally in engineering sketches, from CROSS (Cf. cross) (adj.) + SECTION (Cf. section). Fig. sense of representative sample is from 1903 …   Etymology dictionary

  • cross-section — UK US /ˈkrɒssekʃən/ noun [C] ► something that has been cut in half so that you can see the inside, or a model or picture of this: »This diagram shows a cross section of the building and the layout of offices on all four floors. ► a small group… …   Financial and business terms

  • cross section — cross ,section noun 1. ) count or uncount the inside of an object that you can see by cutting through the middle of it from top to bottom a ) a drawing that shows the inside of something 2. ) count a group that contains an example of all or most… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cross section — n. 1. a) a cutting through something, esp. at a right angle b) a piece so cut off c) a drawing or photograph of a plane surface exposed by such a cutting 2. a sample that has enough of each kind in it to show what the whole is like 3. Nuclear… …   English World dictionary

  • cross section — I noun average, characterization, composite representation, embodiment, epitome, example, exemplar, exempli gratia, exemplification, exemplum, fair sample, locus classicus, norm, part exemplifying a mass, part exemplifying a number, profile,… …   Law dictionary

  • cross section — n a cutting or piece of something cut off at right angles to an axis also a representation of such a cutting cross sec·tion·al .krȯ(s) sek shnəl, shən əl adj …   Medical dictionary

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