sec·​tion·​al | \ ˈsek-shnəl How to pronounce sectional (audio) , -shə-nᵊl\

Definition of sectional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of or relating to a section
b : local or regional rather than general in character sectional interests
2 : consisting of or divided into sections sectional furniture



Definition of sectional (Entry 2 of 2)

: a piece of furniture made up of modular units capable of use separately or in various combinations

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Other Words from sectional


sectionally adverb

Examples of sectional in a Sentence


a sectional drawing of a ship

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

An upstairs living room allows guests room to spread out, and a sectional couch offers extra sleeping space. Carla Jean Whitley,, "This Lake Martin home is fit for a crowd," 6 July 2019 For example, shifting the state tournaments will also require shifting dates for regional, sectional and supersectional games. Steve Sadin,, "Local basketball coaches discuss changes coming to state tournament," 5 July 2019 The most important piece is the main living room sofa or sectional. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "San Jose designer focuses on comfort, functionality and style," 2 July 2019 The scans produce a set of cross-sectional images, each resembling a topographic map, showing the internal contours of the wound papyrus. Washington Post, "How do you read ancient scrolls too brittle to unfurl? An American scientist may have an answer.," 2 July 2019 And for a website that purports to have tried its best to flush out any seedy activity, the amount of brazen public sectional solicitation on display borders on alarming. Michael Andor Brodeur,, "Finding human connection (and filthy sofas) in Craigslist’s Free Stuff," 20 June 2019 Tibbits started the one-day, 36-hole sectional with a flourish, shooting 4-under on the front nine., "Oregon State’s Spencer Tibbits at Pebble Beach U.S. Open: I’m going to do my best to take them down," 11 June 2019 Accolades: Selected all-conference and honorable mention all-sectional. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Lake County News-Sun, "Announcing the 2019 News-Sun Girls Soccer All-Area Team," 11 June 2019 Yet foreign aid from China to Africa has proven to be political—at least on the local level—defined by narrow sectional interests and captured by state clientelism, a new study says. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "China’s aid to African leaders’ home regions nearly tripled after they assumed power," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The opening four Pearland East batters kicked off sectionals with singles. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland East 10s open Section 3 Tournament with 16-0 romp over District 25 champs," 6 July 2019 There are ample chaises and sectionals for lounging, stadium-style seating for swim competition crowds and a poolside steam room. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mission Beach Plunge pool reopens after 5 years and $12M in fixes," 3 July 2019 At Pike: Pike won a fifth successive sectional, beating Ben Davis 127-121 1/2. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "From home-schooled runner to state champ? This Pike half-miler is on track," 15 May 2018 Team Berzerk went to the regionals in St. Paul in December, then moved to sectionals (also in St. Paul) in January. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "North Oaks eighth graders’ project could help astronauts do laundry in space," 3 June 2019 Tibbits landed in the Walla Walla sectional by claiming medalist honors at a local U.S. Open qualifier in Bremerton in May. Local qualifying started with 8,602 players worldwide., "Oregon State sophomore Spencer Tibbits qualifies for U.S. Open at Pebble Beach," 3 June 2019 There were sectionals at 10 sites, including one in England and another in Canada. Ron Kroichick,, "Stanford alum Joseph Bramlett finds his way to Pebble Beach for U.S. Open," 3 June 2019 More: Ashley Prange leading high-powered Dragons into sectionals On the mound, Kaylea Bullock and Mackenzie Jones have pitched a bulk of the innings. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "5 things to watch in IHSAA softball state tournament," 20 May 2018 Despite his strong showing at state in 2017 and a 36-11 record this season, Bevilacqua went into sectionals in the 113-pound weight class. Andrew Gruman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Muskego sends Bevilacqua, Sinda, Larsen to state wrestling meet," 18 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of sectional


1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sectional was in 1806

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English Language Learners Definition of sectional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: showing how something would look if it were cut from the top to the bottom
: concerned only with one part of a group or community
: made up of sections that can be put together or taken apart easily



English Language Learners Definition of sectional (Entry 2 of 2)

US : a type of long seat (called a sofa) that has three or more separate sections

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