sec·tion·al | \ˈsek-shnəl, -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

The 6-6, 240-pound Arlington Heights resident also had a walk-off single to beat Warren in the sectional semis. Jon J. Kerr,, "Pioneer Press 2018 All-Area baseball First Team," 21 June 2018 At South Shore, Johnson’s best season was in 2014-15, when the Tars finished 19-13 and advanced to the Class 3A sectional finals. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "Thomas Johnson ready for a second chance as girls basketball coach at Morgan Park," 22 June 2018 Mayfield knows that expectations for his team may be low since the Rockets graduated so much firepower after reaching a Class 3A sectional final. Paul Johnson, Elgin Courier-News, "Rocket on the rise: Patrick Mayfield ready for larger role with Burlington Central," 21 June 2018 The Bulldogs reached a Class 2A sectional final this season. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Lake County News-Sun, "'Wis' kid: Wauconda's Kayla Wisniewski is the 2018 Lake County News-Sun Girls Soccer Player of the Year," 12 June 2018 The final sectional qualifier will be determined Thursday when No. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WIAA baseball: Down to his last strike, Joe Seymour delivers for Germantown," 11 July 2018 Their 14-and-under PONY League All-Stars overcame several deficits and intense heat Saturday morning against Placentia, finally surging to a 7-6 extra-inning triumph in the sectional semifinals at Oak Knoll Park. Sam Dodge,, "Newport Beach PONY All-Stars advance to sectional championship," 8 July 2018 Ava Esposito Cogan, 12, of Branford, and Matisse Farzam, 11, of Norwalk, were crowned champions of the girls 12-and-under and boys 12-and-under sectional championships, respectively, an accomplishment years in the making. Christopher Hanna,, "Connecticut Kids Take Home Championships At New England Tennis Tournament," 28 June 2018 Crown Point snapped that streak in 2017 before Lake Central reclaimed the sectional title this spring. Dave Melton, Post-Tribune, "Lake Central's Ron Fredrick is the Post-Tribune Girls Track Coach of the Year," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The sectional crown came with the second-lowest score of any team since sectionals began. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "IHSAA boys golf state finals: 5 things to watch," 11 June 2018 The Satellites, tied for No. 9 in the Class A state coaches poll, expected Biggs to be at full strength as sectionals begin this week. Michael Osipoff,, "Pressure drop: South Central's Faith Biggs feeling more relaxed, putting up bigger numbers," 20 May 2018 The Enquirer's Diver of the Year in 2017 won district and sectionals crowns each of the last two seasons. Shelby Dermer,, "Pool of champions: Here are the Greater Cincinnati area's swimming and diving champions," 22 Feb. 2018 In sectionals, West Boynton cruised to a 17-0 victory against Viera Suntree in a mercy-rule four-inning contest. Alex Kushel,, "West Boynton Little League Intermediate 50-70 All-Stars rule state play," 11 July 2018 Her jump of 6-0 in sectionals is tied for No. 3 in the nation. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "Here are your IndyStar Sports Awards 2018 spring sports winners," 30 June 2018 Much of the feedback related to the football sectional, a discussion that has been ongoing for a few years. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "What would you change if you were IHSAA commissioner for a day?," 30 June 2018 Days before sectionals, the Jones Sports guys were unloading a truckload of pallets into their new warehouse near Bridgeport Village. Tyson Alger,, "Employed and bandaged, former Oregon Ducks golfer Sulman Raza is on his way to the U.S. Open," 8 June 2018 Winning sectionals qualified them for the national tournament in January. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Oak Lawn-based senior women's tennis team takes gold at nationals," 10 Mar. 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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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)

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

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