sector

noun
sec·​tor | \ ˈsek-tər How to pronounce sector (audio) , -ˌtȯr\

Definition of sector

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a geometric figure bounded by two radii and the included arc of a circle
b(1) : a subdivision of a defensive military position
(2) : a portion of a military front or area of operation
c : an area or portion resembling a sector bilingual sector of town— David Kleinberg
d : a sociological, economic, or political subdivision of society cooperation between the public and private sectors— Peter Chapman
2 : a mathematical instrument consisting of two rulers connected at one end by a joint and marked with several scales
3 : a subdivision of a track on a computer disk

sector

verb
sec·​tor | \ ˈsek-tər How to pronounce sector (audio) \
sectored; sectoring\ ˈsek-​t(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce sectoring (audio) \

Definition of sector (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to divide into or furnish with sectors

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Other Words from sector

Noun

sectoral \ ˈsek-​t(ə-​)rəl \ adjective

Examples of sector in a Sentence

Noun

He was assigned to the northern sector. Data is stored on the disk in 512-byte sectors.

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Border Patrol agents in the Del Rio sector have arrested some 40,000 people already this year, more than double last year’s total. Molly O'toole, latimes.com, "Facing Trump’s asylum limits, refugees from as far as Africa languish in a Mexican camp," 8 July 2019 Mar Hicks, a historian who has written extensively about labor in the tech sector, said the kinds of actions many workers had already taken, like the walkouts, were often precursors to unionizing. New York Times, "Employee Activism Is Alive in Tech. It Stops Short of Organizing Unions.," 8 July 2019 While the company’s free voice calls had triggered an intense price war in the sector, its affordable data packs notched up internet users in the country. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "After disrupting Indian telecom, Reliance Jio teams up with Facebook for digital literacy," 4 July 2019 The best prospect for growth in the sector may be Europe. The Economist, "Borrowing against art is growing at a stunning rate," 4 July 2019 According to research and advisory company Oxford Business Group, agriculture in Thailand was worth $31.6 billion, and accounted for 8.5% of national GDP, in 2016, while a third of the country's labor force work in the sector. Sarah Lazarus And Dan Tham, CNN, "Will drones transform farmers' lives in Thailand?," 3 July 2019 According to Waikel, 400 people have been rescued from the river since October 1 in the Del Rio sector. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "Search Continues for 2-Year-Old Reported Lost In Rio Grande River," 3 July 2019 Both of these companies have a long history in this sector and offer DSLR cameras for beginners, those with some experience, advanced and professional users. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Here's your guide to finding a DSLR camera that's right for you," 2 July 2019 Chevron took the top spot in profit growth in the refining sector in 2018, with a sharp jump of more than 61% to $14.8 billion. Fortune, "Chevron," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In September, quad witching coincided with major changes to several popular ETFs pegged to sector indexes. Asjylyn Loder, WSJ, "Traders Prep for ‘Quad Witching’ Amid Market Gains," 21 June 2019 Banks were among the biggest decliners in the U.S., pulling the S&P 500’s financials sector down 3.4%. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Stocks Tumble on Italy’s Political Instability," 29 May 2018 Construction lost 4,400 jobs, and the trade, transportation and utilities sector lost 1,900 jobs. Andrew Khouri, latimes.com, "California loses jobs in March, though unemployment stays at a record low," 20 Apr. 2018 Over the last five years, total shareholder return at Convergys has lagged the business services sector 7.9 percent to 15.7 percent, according to Morningstar. Alexander Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Convergys head, region's only female CEO of public company departing," 26 Jan. 2018 Investors need to give the over-the-counter drugs sector a thorough health check. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Drugstore Favorites May Be Catching the Common Consumer Cold," 16 Oct. 2017 The chances of this deal going through seem high, because as of right now, the allegations are sectored off onto a specific person, not Adidas as an entity. Hunter Cooke, ajc, "Contract between Kansas and Adidas could be in jeopardy following scandal," 28 Sep. 2017 And, regardless of which sectors the new jobs are in, the structural shifts in the economy haven’t prevented over-all wages from rising lately, as employers have been forced to compete for workers—a very welcome development. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Obama’s Economic Record: An Assessment," 9 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of sector

Noun

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sector

Noun

Late Latin, from Latin, cutter, from secare to cut — more at saw

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sector

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sector

: an area of an economy : a part of an economy that includes certain kinds of jobs
: an area for which someone (such as a military commander) is responsible
computers : one of the parts that a computer disk is divided into

sector

noun
sec·​tor | \ ˈsek-tər How to pronounce sector (audio) \

Kids Definition of sector

: a part of an area or of a sphere of activity the industrial sector of the economy

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