Section meaning

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One of several components; a piece.
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The definition of a section is a piece of something.

An example of a section is a piece of pie.

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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.

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A subdivision of a written work.
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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.

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A distinct portion of a newspaper.

The sports section.

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A distinct area of a town, county, or country.

A residential section.

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A land unit equal to one square mile (2.59 square kilometers), 640 acres, or136 of a township.
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The act or process of separating or cutting, especially the surgical cutting or dividing of tissue.
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A thin slice, as of tissue, suitable for microscopic examination.
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A segment of a fruit, especially a citrus fruit.
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Representation of a solid object as it would appear if cut by an intersecting plane, so that the internal structure is displayed.
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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.

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A class or discussion group of students taking the same course.

She taught three sections of English composition.

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An army tactical unit smaller than a platoon and larger than a squad.
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A unit of vessels or aircraft within a division of armed forces.
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One of two or more vehicles, such as a bus or train, given the same route and schedule, often used to carry extra passengers.
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A cesarean section.
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To separate or divide into parts.
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To cut or divide (tissue) surgically.
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To shade or crosshatch (part of a drawing) to indicate sections.
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To perform a cesarean section on.
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The act or process of cutting or separating by cutting; specif., an incision in surgery.
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Any distinct, constituent part.

A bookcase in five sections, various sections of society.

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A segment of an orange, grapefruit, etc.
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A loose subdivision of a biological genus, group, family, etc.
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A view or drawing of a thing as it would appear if cut straight through in a given plane.
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Any of the distinct groups of instruments or voices in an orchestra or chorus.

The woodwind section.

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Any of several tactical subdivisions of military, air, or naval forces.
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Any of two or more buses, trains, or airplanes put into service for a particular route and schedule to accommodate extra passengers.
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Any of the classes into which the students taking a course with a large enrollment are divided.

Prof. Brown's section of Freshman English.

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A mark (§) used to indicate a section in a book, etc., or as a reference mark.
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To cut or divide into sections.
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To represent in sections, as in mechanical drawing.
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Designating or of a federal program in the U.S., providing the poor with rent subsidies and subsidizing the construction of low-income housing.
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A cut or division.
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The act or process of separating or cutting, especially the surgical cutting or dividing of tissue.
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A thin slice, as of tissue, suitable for microscopic examination.
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A cesarean section.
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To separate or divide into parts.
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To cut or divide tissue surgically.
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A definable portion of a town, county, or other geographic region; a land unit equal to one square mile.
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A cutting; a part cut out from the rest of something.
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A part, piece, subdivision of anything.
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A part of a document.
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An act or instance of cutting.
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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.
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(surgery) An incision or the act of making an incision.
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(sciences) A thin slice of material prepared as a specimen for research.
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(military) A group of 10-15 soldiers lead by a non-commissioned officer and forming part of a platoon.
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(category theory) A right inverse.
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(New Zealand) A piece of residential land usually a quarter of an acre, a plot.
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(Canada) A one-mile square area of land, defined by a government survey.
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To cut, divide or separate into pieces.
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(UK) To commit (a person, to a hospital, with or without their consent), as for mental health reasons. So called after various sections of legal acts regarding mental health.
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Origin of section

  • Middle English seccioun from Old French from Latin sectiō sectiōn- from sectus past participle of secāre to cut sek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary