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

Andrew had previously gone 0-9 in sectional semifinal games, including 0-7 under Zolk. Steve Millar, Daily Southtown, "Andrew's Loren Zolk is the 2018 Daily Southtown Girls Soccer Coach of the Year," 13 June 2018 The Bears reached the sectional championship game in 2016, losing to Conant in overtime. Lamond Pope, Lake County News-Sun, "New challenge: Billy Pitcher heads to Lake Park after eight years at Lake Zurich," 6 June 2018 Jake Kuntzendorf and Zach Pawelek were the catalysts Wednesday as Aurora Christian and Harvest Christian used similar formulas to win Class 1A sectional semifinal games at Judson. Paul Johnson, Aurora Beacon-News, "Collision course: Aurora Christian and Harvest Christian win in semis to set up sectional title game," 24 May 2018 The Fenwick boys lacrosse team won a sectional title before falling to Loyola in a supersectional. Gregg Voss,, "Multi-sport athletes among reasons lacrosse is thriving in Chicago's west suburbs," 11 July 2018 From 2008-14 at Joliet Catholic, Schodrof went 94-74 with two regional titles, one sectional title and one supersectional title. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "New coach Ed Schodrof looking to continue 'storied' history of Hillcrest girls basketball," 3 July 2018 Pitcher recently became the coach at Lake Park after leading Lake Zurich last season to a sectional title. Lamond Pope, Lake County News-Sun, "'A dream come true': After 11 years as an assistant at New Trier, Terry Coughlin named boys basketball coach at Lake Zurich," 8 June 2018 Trayce Jackson-Davis, Center Grove: The 6-9 Jackson-Davis kept the momentum going from a junior season that saw him average 22.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.7 blocked shots and 2.8 assists per game for a 20-7 team and sectional champion. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "IndyStar basketball recruiting rankings for Indiana's 2019 class," 25 June 2018 Portage coach Nick Haas said his team’s depth was crucial to repeating as sectional champions. Dave Melton, Post-Tribune, "Three for Trey: Sebben wins both hurdle events and 400 relay as Portage captures sectional title," 18 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Grudzinski entered sectionals ranked eighth at 145. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Memories from 2017 finish drive North Shore wrestlers as Homestead, Whitefish Bay, Nicolet, Port, Grafton and Cedarburg earn state berths," 17 Feb. 2018 That definitely motivated me to try to win either sectionals or states. Owen Pence,, "Emily Nash was the best golfer again, and this time she even got a trophy," 14 June 2018 Homestead shot 304, a score that would have qualified for state in every other sectional across the state. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Overloaded WIAA sectional once again keeps Homestead golf from state meet," 31 May 2018 The sectionals had been a pesky hurdle for Barrington the previous five years. Mark Perlman,, "Barrington fends off Libertyville, heads to state for the first time since 2012," 30 May 2018 At Purcell Marian, Matthew Manning helped the Cavaliers win the Division II sectional at Colerain Bowl with a career-high 637 series after just learning the game as a freshman. Scott Springer,, "Springer: Which Greater Cincinnati schools may jump leagues?," 2 Mar. 2018 Westfield opted to sit Robinson for its last regular-season game, and sectionals. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Homegrown DL Jacob Robinson ready to lead defensive charge for IU football," 31 Mar. 2018 Cole McGuire added an 83 as Nicolet shot 321 overall, also a score that would have threatened for a state berth in most sectionals. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Overloaded WIAA sectional once again keeps Homestead golf from state meet," 31 May 2018 In the living room of Irene Neuwirth’s house on the Venice Canals in Los Angeles, the custom sectional is covered in a Schumacher floral, and the cocktail table is by Yves Klein. Jenni Konner, ELLE Decor, "Jewelry Designer Irene Neuwirth Takes Us Inside Her Eclectic Los Angeles Home," 13 July 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)

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

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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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