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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After a 50-year decline that has seen union membership in the United States plunge to just 6% in the private sector, critics proclaimed organized labor to be finished. oregonlive, "Labor disputes across Oregon heat up on Labor Day," 1 Sep. 2019 For the country’s policymakers, tourism makes perfect sense as a sector to invest in. Natasha Frost, Quartzy, "What’s behind a stratospheric tourism boom in the tiny European nation of Georgia," 31 Aug. 2019 Price has said the criticism of him would deter other people in the private sector from civic engagement. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "Corbett Price, under fire for concealing ethics violation, resigns from Metro board," 30 Aug. 2019 Galatas remained on staff as a consultant for the new owners for several years before moving into the private sector and running his own consulting business. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Roger Galatas, key figure in Woodlands history, dies," 30 Aug. 2019 The goal of shareholder primacy was to emancipate the private sector and encourage risk-taking Shareholder primacy has been the dominant paradigm for corporate accountability for the past 40 years. Miguel Padró, Quartz at Work, "If we want our corporate leaders held accountable, we must let other stakeholders in," 26 Aug. 2019 Williams, and his nonprofit Harbor of Hope, initially promised that the shelter and its services would be entirely paid by the private sector. oregonlive.com, "Northwest Portland homeless ‘navigation center’ opens in lauded public-private partnership," 26 Aug. 2019 From 2010 to 2017, there were fewer than 13 strikes involving 1,000 workers per year in the private sector. Sheila Mcclear, The New Republic, "The Future For Labor," 20 Aug. 2019 Olszewski also named Troy Williams, who most recently worked as a financial advisor in the private sector, as the county’s first chief diversity officer with a salary of $115,000. Alison Knezevich, baltimoresun.com, "Democrats Bromwell and Lafferty leaving General Assembly to join Olszewski administration," 19 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jobs in Houston's professional and business services sector increased 4.9 percent year-over-year, while the nation saw an increase of 2.2 percent. Erin Douglas, Houston Chronicle, "Texas cities gained most jobs in nation in July," 27 Aug. 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 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

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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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