/ˈkrɒs-sɛkʃən / (say 'kros-sekshuhn)

1. a section made by a plane cutting anything transversely, especially at right angles to the longest axis.
2. a piece so cut off.
3. the act of cutting anything across.
4. a typical selection; a sample showing all characteristic parts, etc.: a cross-section of Australian opinion.
5. Geology a profile showing an interpretation of a vertical section of the earth explored by geological and for geophysical methods.
6. Physics the effective area for the interaction of an atom, nucleus or elementary particle with an incident beam of radiation.
7. Surveying a vertical section of the ground surface taken at right angles to a survey line.
verb (t)
8. to cut or make into a cross-section.
cross-sectional, adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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