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Meaning of “cross-section” in the English Dictionary

"cross-section" in British English

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cross-sectionnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkrɒs.sek.ʃən/  us   /ˈkrɑːs-/
something that has been ​cut in ​half so that you can ​see the inside, or a ​model or ​picture of this: a cross-section of the ​humanheart a ​smallgroup that ​represents all of the different ​types within the ​totalgroup: The ​demonstratorsseemed to be from a ​wide cross-section of ​society.
(Definition of cross-section from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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cross-sectionnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkrɔsˌsek·ʃən/
  • cross-section noun [C] (INSIDE VIEW)

a ​part of something ​cut from the ​rest of it, usually ​cut from ​side to ​side, in ​order to ​seeits inside ​structure, or a ​drawing of this: a cross-section of a ​humanheart
  • cross-section noun [C] (REPRESENTATIVE GROUP)

part of a ​group which is ​representative of all the different ​types within the ​totalgroup: A ​jury should ​represent a ​reasonable cross-section of the ​community.
(Definition of cross-section from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"cross-section" in Business English

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cross-sectionnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkrɒssekʃən/
something that has been ​cut in half so that you can see the inside, or a ​model or ​picture of this: This ​diagramshows a cross-section of the ​building and the ​layout of ​offices on all four floors.
a ​smallgroup which ​represents all of the different ​types within the ​totalgroup: The ​studyexamineddata from 4,100 adults ​representing a cross-section of the U.S. ​population.
(Definition of cross-section from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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