1sec·tion noun \ˈsek-shən\
: one of the parts that form something
: a particular area that is part of a larger place
: a part of a newspaper, play, book, etc.
a : the action or an instance of cutting or separating by cutting
b : a part set off by or as if by cutting
: a distinct part or portion of something written (as a chapter, law, or newspaper)
a : the profile of something as it would appear if cut through by an intersecting plane
b : the plane figure resulting from the cutting of a solid by a plane
: a natural subdivision of a taxonomic group
: a character § used as a mark for the beginning of a section and as a reference mark
: a piece of land one square mile in area forming especially one of the 36 subdivisions of a township
: a distinct part of a territorial or political area, community, or group of people <the historic section of the city>
a : a part that may be, is, or is viewed as separated <a board cut into sections> <the northern section of the route>
b : one segment of a fruit : carpel
: a basic military unit usually having a special function
: a very thin slice (as of tissue) suitable for microscopic examination
a : one of the classes formed by dividing the students taking a course
b : one of the discussion groups into which a conference or organization is divided
a : a part of a permanent railroad way under the care of a particular crew
b : one of two or more vehicles or trains which run on the same schedule
: one of several component parts that may be assembled or reassembled <a bookcase in sections>
: a division of an orchestra composed of one class of instruments <the string section>
Examples of SECTION
- the upper section of the bridge
- This section of the road is closed.
- the frozen food section in the supermarket
- the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn
- Do you want to sit in the nonsmoking section?
- The dictionary includes a section on signs and symbols.
- Section 1123 of the bankruptcy code.
- ads that target one section of the population
- The siding comes in five-foot sections.
Origin of SECTION
Latin section-, sectio,
to cut — more at saw
First Known Use: 1534
: to divide (something) into parts
: to officially send (a mentally ill person) to a psychiatric hospital
: to cut or separate into sections <section an orange>
: to represent in sections
: to become cut or separated into parts
Examples of SECTION
- Peel and section the orange.
- Section the chicken and marinate the parts.
- She was sectioned by the judge.
First Known Use of SECTION
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