What is cross section? - Definition from WhatIs.com
Part of the Computing fundamentals glossary:

1) A cross section is a cut through something (such as a coaxial cable ) at an angle perpendicular to its axis in order to view its interior structure. A well-known example is a cross section of a tree that shows its growth rings and tells its age.

2) Somewhat less precisely, a cross section can be any view of something that shows a representative portion of each of its parts. For example, a cross section of a Web site might show a representative page of content at each of its hierarchical levels. A cross section of a Web site audience would indicate its demographics (types of people who used the site in terms of gender, age, occupation, and so forth).

This was last updated in April 2005
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Related Terms

Definitions

  • algorithm

    - An algorithm (pronounced AL-go-rith-um) is a procedure or formula for solving a problem. Algorithms are used throughout almost all areas of information technology. (WhatIs.com)

  • server

    - A server is a computer program that provides services to other computer programs (and their users) in the same or other computers. A dedicated computer may also be referred to as a server. (WhatIs.com)

  • physical security

    - Physical security is the protection of people and systems from damage or loss due to physical events such as fire, flood, disasters, crimes or accidents. (SearchSecurity.com)

Glossaries

  • Computing fundamentals

    - Terms related to computer fundamentals, including computer hardware definitions and words and phrases about software, operating systems, peripherals and troubleshooting.

  • Internet applications

    - This WhatIs.com glossary contains terms related to Internet applications, including definitions about Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery models and words and phrases about web sites, e-commerce ...

Ask a Question. Find an Answer.Powered by ITKnowledgeExchange.com

Ask An IT Question

Get answers from your peers on your most technical challenges

Ask Question

Tech TalkComment

Share
Comments

    Results

    Contribute to the conversation

    All fields are required. Comments will appear at the bottom of the article.