Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “cross-section”


noun [C] (INSIDE VIEW)   /ˈkrɔsˌsek·ʃən/
a part of something cut from the rest of it, usually cut from side to side, in order to see its inside structure, or a drawing of this: a cross-section of a human heart
(Definition of cross-section noun (INSIDE VIEW) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of cross-section

More American English definitions for “cross-section”

Definitions of “cross-section” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


the skill with which something was made or done

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More