Definition of cross section in English:

cross section

noun

  • 1A surface or shape that is or would be exposed by making a straight cut through something, especially at right angles to an axis.

    ‘the cross section of an octahedron is a square’
    ‘in cross section the sailfish's body looks like a tapering spear’
    • ‘The end sac is a polygonal chamber, about 150 m in cross section.’
    • ‘Incisors and canines are absent, but the anterior cheek teeth are enlarged, triangular in cross section, and canine-like.’
    • ‘In cross section it is a symmetrical structure of three blades protruding from a central, solid shaft.’
    • ‘The width and the height of the fiber were measured and the cross-sectional area was calculated assuming the cross section is elliptical in shape.’
    • ‘The body form is generally triangular in cross section.’
    • ‘On average, females tend to have greater trouble with certain types of spatial perception - for example, visualizing the cross section of an arbitrary shape that has been rotated to a different facing.’
    • ‘With the passage now comfortable walking size, almost square in cross section, I found a rock projecting from the wall that would be our final station.’
    • ‘In the upper half of the shaft, there are sharp anterior and posterior ridges and a less significant lateral ridge, giving a triangular profile in cross section.’
    • ‘As a blade bends, it changes shape: the cross section of an erect stem is circular, while one taken at the bending point is oval.’
    • ‘When the straw is straight, the cross section is a perfect circle.’
    • ‘In cross section, crystals have a compressed diamond-shaped outline.’
    • ‘The shaft is roughly triangular in cross section.’
    • ‘Straight hairs are round in cross section, while wavy hairs are alternately oval and round; very curly and kinky hairs are shaped like twisted ribbons.’
    • ‘It possesses a long bill that is very stout and round in cross section.’
    • ‘The installation was conceived as a cross section of a shape that was outside of the time and place of the gallery.’
    • ‘While most sedges possess triangular stems, its stem is round in cross section.’
    • ‘The shaft is slender and triangular in cross section at mid length.’
    • ‘Each arm is oval in cross section, averaging 6.2 x 8 mm in diameter.’
    • ‘A large convex molding, semicircular in cross section, located at the base of a classical column.’
    • ‘You should now have the blank planed down to a cross section which is an octagon in shape with 8 equal sides.’
    1. 1.1 A thin strip of organic tissue or other material removed by making two straight parallel cuts through it.
      • ‘Columns of vascular tissue are visible here in a cross section of trunk.’
      • ‘After three daily changes of molten paraffin, tissues were embedded in paraffin to provide cross sections.’
      • ‘By examining the cross sections of bones microscopically, paleontologists can determine how much the bones grew each year, as well as the age of an animal at death.’
      • ‘It requires that a cross section of the animals' spinal column be removed.’
      • ‘I finally gave up on the cross sections when I found myself spending more time removing mud than sketching and just concentrated on keeping the data legible.’
      • ‘My old swimming goggles fit perfectly on the thin cross section of birch.’
      • ‘The cross sections of the samples are analyzed, and the pigments are identified under a polarizing or scanning electron microscope.’
      • ‘Columnar grains were observed on macroscopic examination of a transverse cross section cut from this region.’
      • ‘Partial wood cross sections were removed from each tree with a chainsaw and the location of each sample was then determined and placed on the topographic map.’
      • ‘Two trenches excavated across sets of ridges provided cross sections and a sample of material from ridge contexts.’
      • ‘Further, it has been described that the cross section of collagen fibrils contains central low density areas.’
      • ‘Due to the rarity of pores in the longitudinal cross sections here examined, it was difficult to determine the relative thickness of the two types of sublayer.’
      • ‘This is a combination of the thin cross section and the poor clamp design.’
      • ‘Culture involves a hanging sheet of acrylic of an approximate pine-tree shape, on which are mounted 26 petri dishes, most containing thin cross sections of rolled canvas.’
      • ‘When you look at cross sections of muscle before and after a long bout of exercise, the glycogen is gone, but so are the lipids [fat].’
      • ‘The NYSNA distributed information about how to stop smoking along with samples of nicotine patches, and we had a display that included cross sections of lungs displaying healthy, emphysema, and actual lung tumor tissue.’
    2. 1.2 A diagram representing what a cross section would reveal.
      • ‘The small circle to the left of the plant diagrams a cross-section through the stem with false vascular tissue.’
      • ‘Inserted inside the esophagus, the probe creates a picture of the whole heart in the time it takes for current ultrasound technology to image a single heart cross section.’
      • ‘All finds are recorded with bird's eye view and cross section diagrams and a log of the distance above or below sea level.’
      • ‘A scan creates cross section images of the body, which may show cancer or its spread to other organs.’
    3. 1.3 A typical or representative sample of a larger group, especially of people.
      ‘a cross section of our senior managers’
      • ‘Representatives from a wide cross section of the community will be getting round the table with airport chiefs for the third community and stakeholder conference.’
      • ‘Coming up with a glossary of terms would promote understanding, but limit the expression of vast cross sections of the demographic.’
      • ‘This is not a car simply for beefy blokes with big arms to twirl around correcting manic oversteer - it's a car that should appeal to a wide cross section of enthusiasts.’
      • ‘This entailed a full day of dialogue with representative cross sections of the Canadian population.’
      • ‘However, training with just one or two people can put you in a rut, make sure you roll with as wide a cross section of the club as possible.’
      • ‘A strategy group will then be established comprising representatives from a cross section of parties involved in rural tourism and clear objectives will be defined for the sector.’
      • ‘It is vitally important that the membership reflects the views of as wide a cross section of the diverse elements of the borough as possible.’
      • ‘What I did do was test a good cross section of available ammo that is identified as match-grade.’
      • ‘The target regions were strategically selected to provide a representative cross section of the entire human genome sequence.’
      • ‘The British Household Panel Study is an annual survey of a representative cross section of British households.’
      • ‘If the sample taken wasn't a cross section of the people who live in the borough then it isn't representative.’
      • ‘He also selected diverse corporate media executives, hoping that the cross section of these media representatives would ensure that any self-interests would cancel one another out.’
      • ‘The centre is the ideal venue as it attracts a wide cross section of the local community who visit its library, cafe, doctor's surgery, gym and community groups which are all based at the centre.’
      • ‘We appeal to a wide cross section of the community.’
      • ‘These visits generate very positive publicity in a wide cross section of important tourist markets.’
      • ‘This new plan is the work of a wide cross section of clinical staff, patients and their representatives as well as health service managers.’
      • ‘I became in charge of running the day and I could see that if I didn't get this day to appeal to a wider cross section, then it would fall into decline.’
      • ‘Established over more than 40 years ago, our customer base covers a wide cross section of European and Export military, police and civil customers.’
      • ‘There was lively and diverse debate throughout the day among the wide cross section of groups that attended the conference.’
      • ‘This is part of the Central Bank's attempt to diversify the users of the auditorium to ensure that as wide a cross section of the community gets to use the space.’
      variety, sampling, test
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    4. 1.4Physics A quantity having the dimensions of an area which expresses the probability of a given interaction between particles.
      • ‘The comments did, however, leave open the outside possibility that such an inordinate cross section might be due to some role of the atomic electrons in coupling the x-ray photons strongly to the nucleus.’
      • ‘True, we should not expect the biology teacher to teach the fluid dynamics of the circulatory system, or the chemistry teacher to teach the concept of cross sections when introducing nuclear chemistry.’
      • ‘Ultimatum is used in nuclear reactors as a reflector or moderator for it has a low thermal neutron absorption cross section.’
      • ‘Beyond the gas chamber was a detector, which allowed them to measure the cross section - the probability for benzene molecules to interact with gas atoms at each velocity.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Make a cross section of (something)

    ‘complex triangular terrain models for contour cross-sectioning’
    • ‘The resultant glass boule is then cross-sectioned into a wafer several millimeters in diameter and a couple millimeters thick (approximately the same size as the multiplexer chip).’
    • ‘Two observers matched cross-sectioned airway-artery pairs.’
    • ‘The table is covered with dismantled scaly things, things sliced and jellied, cross-sectioned things that squirmed the bottom of the sea.’
    • ‘Plot trajectories can be cross-sectioned, schematized and illustrated like maps or mazes, and a picture can be worth a thousand words.’
    • ‘The exceptions are the fetuses, but only because they aren't cross-sectioned, just propped up in display cases.’
    • ‘If required, the sample was cross-sectioned with a cold sharp knife.’
    • ‘Another way to look at this might, of course, be to cross-section it the other way.’
    • ‘The renovated pump housing has been cross-sectioned to show the interior, encasing the foot of one of Victory's masts.’
    • ‘Performing with other musicians means that you are always comparing and cross-sectioning their ideas with your own.’
    • ‘Paint pops were cross-sectioned and viewed under magnification.’
    • ‘When the lid housing is opened and closed, the evaporating portion of the second heat pipe is rotated within the coiled first heat pipe portion and slidably engages its circularly cross-sectioned interior side portion.’
    • ‘Many of the myoma cells in these sections were neither cross-sectioned nor longitudinally sectioned.’
    • ‘Leaf explants were cross-sectioned at 200 m thickness and washed.’
    • ‘In particular, the latter and their major branches were cross-sectioned at 3-mm intervals, with no gross evidence of lesion or lumen reduction.’

Pronunciation

cross section

/krɔs/