WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
tran•sect /trænˈsɛkt/USA pronunciation  v. [+ object]
to cut across;
to divide by cutting across.
See -sect-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
tran•sect  (tran sekt), 

    to cut across;
    dissect transversely.
  • tran(s)- + Latin sectus, past participle of secāre to cut, sever (see section) 1625–35

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

transect vb /trænˈsɛkt/
  1. (transitive) to cut or divide crossways
n /ˈtrænsɛkt/
  1. a sample strip of land used to monitor plant distribution, animal populations, etc, within a given area
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin trans- + secāre to cut

tranˈsection n

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