Intersecting Lines
In geometry, when two or more lines meet or cross each other in a plane, they are termed as intersecting lines. On the other hand, when two or more lines do not meet at any point, they are called nonintersecting lines. Let us study more about intersecting and nonintersecting lines in this article.
1.  What Are Intersecting Lines 
2.  Properties of Intersecting Lines 
3.  NonIntersecting Lines 
4.  Properties of NonIntersecting Lines 
5.  FAQs on Intersecting and NonIntersecting Lines 
What are Intersecting Lines?
When two or more lines meet at a common point, they are known as intersecting lines. The point at which they cross each other is known as the point of intersection. Observe the following figure which shows two intersecting lines 'a' and 'b' and the point of intersection 'O'.
Properties of Intersecting Lines
The following points list the properties of intersecting lines which help us to identify them easily.
 Intersecting lines meet at a single point, they cannot meet at more than one point.
 Intersecting lines meet each other at any angle which is greater than 0° and less than 180°.
NonIntersecting Lines
When two or more lines do not intersect with each other, they are termed as nonintersecting lines. Observe the following figure of two nonintersecting, parallel lines 'a' and 'b' which show a perpendicular distance denoted by 'c' and 'd'.
Properties of Nonintersecting Lines
The following points list the properties of nonintersecting lines which help us to identify them easily.
 Nonintersecting lines never meet and do not share any common point. They are also known as parallel lines.
 The distance between nonintersecting lines is always the same.
 The length of any common perpendicular drawn between the two nonintersecting lines is always the same.
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Intersecting Lines Examples

Example 1: With respect to intersecting and nonintersecting lines, answer the following questions based on the figure given below.
1) Lines KL and MN are ____ lines.
2) Are lines CD and AB perpendicular to each other?
3) Name any two pairs of nonintersecting lines.
Solution:1) Lines KL and MN are intersecting lines.
2) No, line CD and AB are not perpendicular to each other. They are nonintersecting, parallel lines.
3) AB  CD and EF  CD. Hence, these are nonintersecting lines. 
Example 2: Identify the pair of lines given below as intersecting or nonintersecting lines.
Solution:According to the direction of lines, if such lines are extended further, they will meet at one point. Therefore, the given pair of lines are intersecting lines.

Example 3: Give any two reallife examples of intersecting and nonintersecting lines.
Solution:
Two examples of intersecting lines are listed below:
Crossroads: When two straight roads meet at a common point they form intersecting lines.
Scissors: A pair of scissors has two arms and both the arms form intersecting lines.
Two examples of nonintersecting lines are listed below:
Ruler (scale): The opposite sides of a ruler are nonintersecting lines.
The Rails of Railway Track: The rails of a railway track that are parallel to each other are nonintersecting lines.
FAQs on Intersecting Lines
What are Intersecting Lines in Geometry?
When two or more lines cross each other in a plane, they are known as intersecting lines. The point at which they cross each other is known as the point of intersection.
What is the Difference Between Perpendicular and Intersecting Lines?
When intersecting lines cross each other, there is no defined angle at which they meet, it can be any angle. However, perpendicular lines always intersect each other at right angles (90°). In other words, all perpendicular lines are intersecting lines, but all intersecting lines may not necessarily be perpendicular lines.
What are Parallel, Perpendicular, and Intersecting Lines?
Parallel lines never intersect each other and are always the same distance apart, whereas, intersecting lines cross each other and share a common point known as the point of intersection. Perpendicular lines are those intersecting lines that cross each other at an angle of 90°.
What are Intersecting Lines that are not Perpendicular?
There are some lines that intersect each other but may not be necessarily perpendicular to each other. Such lines meet at any angle which is greater than 0° and less than 180°.
What are Intersecting Lines Examples?
A few examples of intersecting lines are listed below:
 The lines of the alphabet 'X' form intersecting lines. It is a perfect example to represent intersecting lines.
 The symbol of addition (+).
 The hands of a clock.
What Angles are Formed by Intersecting Lines?
Intersecting lines may cross or intersect each other at any angle greater than 0° and less than 180°. If any two intersecting lines meet each other at an angle of 90°, they are called perpendicular lines.
What are the Examples of NonIntersecting Lines?
A few examples of nonintersecting lines are listed below:
 The opposite sides of a ruler (scale) are nonintersecting lines.
 The opposite sides of a rectangle.
What do you Mean by Point of Intersection in Intersecting Lines?
When any two lines meet at one common point, they are called intersecting lines. The common point where they intersect is known as the point of intersection.