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Definition of the noun bisect

What does bisect mean as a name of something?

noun

  1. [geometry] A bisector, which divides into two equal parts.
  2. [philately] An envelope, card, or fragment thereof showing an affixed cut half of a regular issued stamp, over which one or more postal markings have been applied. Typically used in wartime when normal lower rate stamps may not be available.

Definition of the verb bisect

What does bisect mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: bisected | bisecting | bisects

  1. cut in half or cut in two
    • example: bisect a line
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: cut = separate with or as if with an instrument

Alternative definition of the verb bisect

verb

  1. To cut or divide into two parts.
  2. [geometry] To divide an angle, line segment, or other figure into two equal parts.

Explanation

Bisect a.k.a. Bisects and splits refer to postage stamps that have been cut in part, most commonly in half, but also other fractions, and postally used for the proportionate value of the entire stamp, such as a two cent stamp cut in half and used as a one cent stamp. When stocks of a certain stamp ran out, postmasters sometimes resorted to cutting higher denominated stamps in half, vertically or diagonally, thus obtaining two "stamps" each representing half of the original monetary value, or "face" value, of the uncut stamp. The general public also resorted to this practice, sometimes pursuant to official or tacit permission and sometimes without any express authorization.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Bisect

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Google previewThe Cyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and Literature (1819)

by Abraham Rees

The mark used for each wire to bisect is a luminous disc, known by the name of Ramsden's ghost, from its being only the image of a luminous point without substance, occasioned by a contracted aperture of a tube, fixed at the remote fide of ...

Google previewThe Cyclopædia (1819)

Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature by Abraham Rees

The mark used for each Wire to bisect is a luminous disc, know'n by the name of Ranzsdenfflr g/Jost, from its being only the inzage of a luminous point without substance, occasioned by a contracted aperture of a tube, fixed at the remote side ...

Google previewThe Portable Encyclopaedia: Or, A Dictionary of the Arts and Sciences (1831)

On the Basis of Dr. Gregory's Comprehending the Latest Improvements in Every Branch of Useful Knowledge by James Mitchell

Bisect means to divide any thing into two equal parts. 97. Trisect is to divide any thing into three equal parts. 98. Inscribe, to draw one figure within another, so that all angles, of the inner figure touch either the angles, sides, or plane, of the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1816)

by George Gregory

Bisect means to divide any thing into two cqual parts. 97. Trisect is to divide any thing into three cqual parts. 98. Inscribe, to draw one figure within another, so that all angles of the inner figure touch either the angles, sides, or planes, of the ...

Google previewTrue Briton (1852)

A Weekly Magazine of Amusement and Instruction

An industrious bisect is a 4ee--=the preparation from malt and hops is beer. «3» We keep our boer in a butt — but spread our bread with butler. To augment a number is to add — but a venemous reptile is an adder. A short narrative is a tale ...

Google previewBritish Encyclopedia (1821)

Or, Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge by William Nicholson

On a regular polygon to circumscribe a circle, or to circumscribe a regular polygon upon a circle; bisect two of the angles of the given polygon, A and B, (fig. 15.) by the right lines, A F, B. F.; and on the point F, where they mect with the radius, ...

Google previewMathematical Dictionary and Cyclopedia of Mathematical Science (1872)

Comprising Definitions of All the Terms Employed in Mathematics - an Analysis of Each Branch, and of the Whole, as Forming a Single Science by Charles Davies

U required to bisect. With C as a centre, and any radius, as CB, describe an arc of a circle limited by the sides of the angle in the points Band A. Then with any radius greater than one half of AB, and from B and A as centres, construct arcs of ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Mechanical Science, Arts, Manufactures, and Miscellaneous Knowledge (1829)

by Alexander Jamieson

Bisect e G in f, and with the radius fe, or f G, describe the semicircle e CG, cutting the tangent ...

Google previewHenley's Encyclopaedia of Practical Engineering and Allied Trades ... (1906)

Bisect these chords, and the point of intersection of the bisecting lines is the centre of the circle.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica (1823)

Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature, Enlarged and Improved

bisect. each. other. at. right. angles. being. given. by. position,. to. describe. an. ellipse. of. which. these. may. be. the. two. axes. First Method. By a Mechanical Description. Fig. $6. Let A a, B b be the transverse and conjugate axes, and C the ...

Google previewMathematical Dictionary and Cyclopedia of Mathematical Science, etc (1857)

by Charles DAVIES (LL.D., and PECK (William Guy)), William Guy PECK

Bisect the angle between these lines by the rule already given. and pass a plane through the bisecting line. and the edge of the angle, ...

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The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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