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section

noun sec·tion \ ˈsek-shən \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of section

1 a :the action or an instance of cutting or separating by cutting
b :a part set off by or as if by cutting
2 :a distinct part or portion of something written (such as a chapter, law, or newspaper)
3 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
4 :a natural subdivision of a taxonomic group
5 :a character § used as a mark for the beginning of a section and as a reference mark
6 :a piece of land one square mile in area forming especially one of the 36 subdivisions of a township
7 :a distinct part of a territorial or political area, community, or group of people
  • the historic section of the city
8 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
9 :a basic military unit usually having a special function
10 :a very thin slice (as of tissue) suitable for microscopic examination
11 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
12 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
13 :one of several component parts that may be assembled or reassembled
  • a bookcase in sections
14 :a division of an orchestra composed of one class of instruments
  • the string section
15 :signature 3b

Examples of section in a Sentence

  1. the upper section of the bridge

  2. This section of the road is closed.

  3. the frozen food section in the supermarket

  4. the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn

  5. Do you want to sit in the nonsmoking section?

  6. The dictionary includes a section on signs and symbols.

  7. Section 1123 of the bankruptcy code.

  8. ads that target one section of the population

  9. The siding comes in five-foot sections.

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Origin and Etymology of section

Latin section-, sectio, from secare to cut — more at saw

Synonym Discussion of section

part, portion, piece, member, division, section, segment, fragment mean something less than the whole. part is a general term appropriate when indefiniteness is required.
    • they ran only part of the way
portion implies an assigned or allotted part.
    • cut the pie into six portions
piece applies to a separate or detached part of a whole.
    • a puzzle with 500 pieces
member suggests one of the functional units composing a body.
    • a structural member
division applies to a large or diversified part.
    • the manufacturing division of the company
section applies to a relatively small or uniform part.
    • the entertainment section of the newspaper
segment applies to a part separated or marked out by or as if by natural lines of cleavage.
    • the retired segment of the population
fragment applies to a part produced by or as if by breaking off.
    • only a fragment of the play still exists

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section

verb

Definition of section

sectioned; sectioning play \ˈsek-sh(ə-)niŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to cut or separate into sections
  • section an orange
2 :to represent in sections
intransitive verb
:to become cut or separated into parts

Examples of section in a Sentence

  1. Peel and section the orange.

  2. Section the chicken and marinate the parts.

  3. She was sectioned by the judge.

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First Known Use of section

1819



SECTION Defined for English Language Learners

section

noun

Definition of section for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


section

verb

Definition of section for English Language Learners

  • : to divide (something) into parts

  • : to officially send (a mentally ill person) to a psychiatric hospital


SECTION Defined for Kids

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section

noun sec·tion \ ˈsek-shən \

Definition of section for Students

1 :a division of a thing or place
  • A section of the fence broke.
2 :a part cut off or separated
  • a section of an orange
3 :a part of a written work
  • the sports section of a newspaper

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section

verb

Definition of section for Students

sectioned; sectioning
:to cut into parts

Medical Dictionary

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section

noun sec·tion \ ˈsek-shən \

medical Definition of section

1 :the action or an instance of cutting or separating by cutting; especially :the action of dividing (as tissues) surgically
  • nerve section
  • abdominal section
— see cesarean section
2 :a natural subdivision of a taxonomic group
3 :a very thin slice (as of tissue) suitable for microscopic examination

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section

transitive verb

medical Definition of section

sectioned; sectioning play \-sh(ə-)niŋ\
1 :to divide (a body part or organ) surgically
  • section a nerve
2 :to cut (fixed tissue) into thin slices for microscopic examination


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