RE: cross section vs cross-sectional - what about cross sectioned andcross sectioning

Subject: RE: cross section vs cross-sectional - what about cross sectioned andcross sectioning
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2009 10:54:59 -0700

Robert Lauriston wrote:

> Cross section is a noun. The adjective is cross-sectional. There is no
> verb form. I can't say how I knew that, but my unabridged dictionary
> confirms it.
>
> On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 8:32 AM, Deborah Hemstreet
> <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com> wrote:
> > Hi All,
> >
> > Cross section is correct if its a noun
> >
> > cross-section is correct if its an adjective
> >
> > What about verb forms:
> >    cross-sectioning or cross sectioning
> >    cross-sectioned or cross sectioned
> >
> > In the latter two cases, please tell me why and how you found the answer
> -
> > I've been looking and see very confusing usage out there.

Robert's right about the noun and adjective. I was ready to agree about the verb forms, too, which strike me as quite ugly. But a quick check showed that both Random House (dictionary.com) and Merriam-Webster (m-w.com) recognize cross-section as a transitive verb.

Personally, I'd try to say it differently, but how would depend on the context and meaning.


Richard G. Combs
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Polycom, Inc.
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References:
An Engineer's Christmas: From: Ken Poshedly
cross section vs cross-sectional - what about cross sectioned and cross sectioning: From: Deborah Hemstreet
Re: cross section vs cross-sectional - what about cross sectioned and cross sectioning: From: Robert Lauriston

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