- 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)
From Old French, from Latin sectio (“cutting, cutting off, excision, amputation of diseased parts of the body, etc."), from sectus, past participle of secare (“to cut").
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