- The definition of a section is a piece of something.
An example of a section is a piece of pie.
- To section is defined as to divide something up into parts.
An example of to section is to divide a playing field up into different obstacle courses.
This piece is a section of the pie.
- the act or process of cutting or separating by cutting; specif., an incision in surgery
- a part separated or removed by cutting; slice; division
- a very thin slice, as of tissue, used for microscopic study
- a part or division of a book, newspaper, etc.
- a numbered paragraph of a writing, a law, etc.
- any distinct, constituent part: a bookcase in five sections, various sections of society
- a segment of an orange, grapefruit, etc.
- see township (sense )
- a part of a city, country, etc.; district or region: a hilly section, the business section
- ☆ a division of public lands, equal to 640 acres or one square mile (2.59 square kilometers or 259.005 hectares)
- a loose subdivision of a biological genus, group, family, etc.
- a view or drawing of a thing as it would appear if cut straight through in a given plane
- any of the distinct groups of instruments or voices in an orchestra or chorus: the woodwind section
- any of several tactical subdivisions of military, air, or naval forces
- part of a sleeping car containing an upper and lower berth
- a division of a railroad right of way, usually several miles of track under the care of a single maintenance crew
- ☆ any of two or more buses, trains, or airplanes put into service for a particular route and schedule to accommodate extra passengers
- Educ. any of the classes into which the students taking a course with a large enrollment are divided: Prof. Brown's section of Freshman English
- Printing a mark (§) used to indicate a section in a book, etc., or as a reference markalso section mark
Origin of sectionClassical Latin sectio ; from sectus, past participle of secare, to cut: see saw
- to cut or divide into sections
- to represent in sections, as in mechanical drawing
- One of several components; a piece.
- A subdivision of a written work.
- Law A distinct portion or provision of a legal code or set of laws, often establishing a particular legal requirement: section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
- A distinct portion of a newspaper: the sports section.
- A distinct area of a town, county, or country: a residential section.
- A land unit equal to one square mile (2.59 square kilometers), 640 acres, or 1/36 of a township.
- The act or process of separating or cutting, especially the surgical cutting or dividing of tissue.
- A thin slice, as of tissue, suitable for microscopic examination.
- A segment of a fruit, especially a citrus fruit.
- Representation of a solid object as it would appear if cut by an intersecting plane, so that the internal structure is displayed.
- Music A group of instruments or voices in the same class considered as a division of a band, orchestra, or choir: the rhythm section; the woodwind section.
- A class or discussion group of students taking the same course: She taught three sections of English composition.
- a. A portion of railroad track maintained by a single crew.b. An area in a train's sleeping car containing an upper and lower berth.
- An army tactical unit smaller than a platoon and larger than a squad.
- A unit of vessels or aircraft within a division of armed forces.
- One of two or more vehicles, such as a bus or train, given the same route and schedule, often used to carry extra passengers.
- a. The character (§) used in printing to mark the beginning of a section.b. This character used as the fourth in a series of reference marks for footnotes.
- Informal A cesarean section.
transitive verbsec·tioned, sec·tion·ing, sec·tions
- To separate or divide into parts.
- To cut or divide (tissue) surgically.
- To shade or crosshatch (part of a drawing) to indicate sections.
- Informal To perform a cesarean section on.
Origin of sectionMiddle English seccioun, from Old French, from Latin sectiō, sectiōn-, from sectus, past participle of secāre, to cut; see sek- in Indo-European roots.
- A cutting; a part cut out from the rest of something.
- A part, piece, subdivision of anything.
- A part of a document.
- An act or instance of cutting.
- A cross-section (image that shows an object as if cut along a plane).
- (aviation) A cross-section perpendicular the longitudinal axis of an aircraft in flight.
- (surgery) An incision or the act of making an incision.
- (sciences) A thin slice of material prepared as a specimen for research.
- (military) A group of 10-15 soldiers lead by a non-commissioned officer and forming part of a platoon.
- (category theory) A right inverse.
- (New Zealand) A piece of residential land usually a quarter of an acre, a plot.
- (Canada) A one-mile square area of land, defined by a government survey.
(third-person singular simple present sections, present participle sectioning, simple past and past participle sectioned)
section - Legal Definition