sub·​sec·​tion | \ ˈsəb-ˌsek-shən How to pronounce subsection (audio) \

Definition of subsection

1 : a subdivision or a subordinate division of a section
2 : a subordinate part or branch

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Then divide that section into three subsections and use an edge control gel by Creme of Nature to smooth hairs. 2. Stasha Harris, Cosmopolitan, "You'll Want to Wear This Gorgeous Box Braid Top Bun All Winter Long," 1 Mar. 2018 Fact: Until the current Doctor, all of Doctor Who's regenerations had been played by men. Fact: When Whittaker's casting was announced, a sexist subsection of the internet reacted predictably, with angry tweets and a #NotMyDoctor hashtag. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "'Doctor Who' Ratings Are Way Up Thanks to Jodie Whittaker, AKA the First Female Doctor Who," 9 Dec. 2018 Each House signifies a component of life, but none of these subsections exist within a silo: The Twelve Houses also operate as a single unit, a collective that comprises the entire 360-degree wheel. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 2018 There is the pain of Ayala, who allegedly suffered abuse and is still suffering now at the hands of a particularly virulent subsection of X’s fans. Dan Rys, Billboard, "Grappling With The Complicated Life and Painful Death of XXXTentacion," 29 June 2018 Council members also fixated on a controversial subsection of the proposal that authorizes Hartford leaders to spend another $438,000 on 200 new Tasers from the company supplying the cameras. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Council Members Postpone Decision On Police Body Cameras," 25 June 2018 Rather than eliminate a subsection of movies, the world's greatest film festival should welcome them with open arms. Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, "Cannes vs. Netflix: Why Everyone Lost With the Festival's Ban," 23 May 2018 This allowed for Exxon to drill in an untapped subsection of Russian landscape. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "XTO to begin move from Fort Worth to Houston," 21 May 2018 For any acknowledgment of the Suits star's on-screen honors, fans have to click to the Biography subsection of her profile. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Royal Bio Barely Mentions Her Acting Career," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of subsection

1621, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of subsection was in 1621

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English Language Learners Definition of subsection

: a part of a section especially of a legal document

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