from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cut or divide into two parts, especially two equal parts.
  • intransitive v. To split; fork.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cut or divide into two parts.
  • v. To divide an angle, line segment, or other figure into two equal parts.
  • n. A bisector, which divides into two equal parts.
  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To cut or divide into two parts.
  • transitive v. To divide into two equal parts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cut or divide into two parts; specifically, in geometry, to cut or divide into two equal parts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cut in half or cut in two


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  • In stamp collecting, a stamp cut or perforated into two parts, each half representing half the face value of the original stamp. Officially, authorized bisects have often been used during temporary shortages of commonly used denominations. Unauthorized bisects appear frequently on mail from some countries in some periods. Bisects are usually collected on full cover with the stamp tied by a cancel. At times, some countries have permitted trisects or quadrisects.

    August 25, 2008