- a part that is cut off or separated.
- a distinct part or subdivision of anything, as an object, country, community, class, or the like: the poor section of town; the left section of a drawer.
- a distinct part or subdivision of a writing, as of a newspaper, legal code, chapter, etc.: the financial section of a daily paper; section 2 of the bylaws.
- one of a number of parts that can be fitted together to make a whole: sections of a fishing rod.
- (in most of the U.S. west of Ohio) one of the 36 numbered subdivisions, each one square mile (2.59 sq. km or 640 acres), of a township.
- an act or instance of cutting; separation by cutting.
- the making of an incision.
- an incision.
- a thin slice of a tissue, mineral, or the like, as for microscopic examination.
- a representation of an object as it would appear if cut by a plane, showing its internal structure.
- a small unit consisting of two or more squads.
- Also called staff section.any of the subdivisions of a staff.
- a small tactical division in naval and air units.
- a division of a sleeping car containing both an upper and a lower berth.
- a length of trackage, roadbed, signal equipment, etc., maintained by one crew.
- any of two or more trains, buses, or the like, running on the same route and schedule at the same time, one right behind the other, and considered as one unit, as when a second is necessary to accommodate more passengers than the first can carry: On holidays the New York to Boston train runs in three sections.
- a segment of a naturally segmented fruit, as of an orange or grapefruit.
- a division of an orchestra or band containing all the instruments of one class: a rhythm section.
- Bookbinding. signature(def 8).
- Also called section mark. a mark used to indicate a subdivision of a book, chapter, or the like, or as a mark of reference to a footnote.
- Theater. one of a series of circuits for controlling certain lights, as footlights.
- shape(def 12).
- to cut or divide into sections.
- to cut through so as to present a section.
- Surgery. to make an incision.
Origin of section
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Examples from the Web for section
His section on why he and his wife split—he essentially chose soccer over her—would be risky if its candor were not so refreshing.Tim Howard’s Wall of Intensity
December 22, 2014
Manttan is keen to carry out research on that Burmese side of the railway as his father worked on that section.Riding Thailand’s WWII Death Railway
December 21, 2014
At 3:45 am Sunday police arrested 29 year-old Eric Linsker at his apartment in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.Protesters Slimed This Good Samaritan Cop
December 16, 2014
Editor's Note: This article has been revised to include the definition and text of Section 12.Prof: MIT Hospitalized Me For Ferguson Tweets
December 11, 2014
Wahlberg grew up the youngest of nine children in a broken home in the rough Dorchester section of Boston.Mark Wahlberg’s Pardon Plea: A Look Back At His Troubling, Violent, and Racist Rap Sheet
December 7, 2014
I there met young men, many, and not the least noticeable of whom, came from this section.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
In what section of the city did most of the working girls, who had no homes, live?Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Just now our section of the line is quiet, so I often go and sit there.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
The Bunerwals belong to the Yusaf section, of the Yusafzai tribe.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
The section tenanted by the family of Shewish lay furthest from the door.Indian Legends of Vancouver Island
- a part cut off or separated from the main body of something
- a part or subdivision of a piece of writing, book, etcthe sports section of the newspaper
- one of several component parts
- a distinct part or subdivision of a country, community, etc
- US and Canadian an area one mile square (640 acres) in a public survey, esp in the western parts of the US and Canada
- NZ a plot of land for building on, esp in a suburban area
- the section of a railway track that is maintained by a single crew or is controlled by a particular signal box
- the act or process of cutting or separating by cutting
- a representation of a portion of a building or object exposed when cut by an imaginary vertical plane so as to show its construction and interior
- a plane surface formed by cutting through a solid
- the shape or area of such a plane surfaceCompare cross section (def. 1)
- surgery any procedure involving the cutting or division of an organ, structure, or part, such as a Caesarian section
- a thin slice of biological tissue, mineral, etc, prepared for examination by a microscope
- a segment of an orange or other citrus fruit
- a small military formation, typically comprising two or more squads or aircraft
- Australian and NZ a fare stage on a bus, tram, etc
- an extended division of a composition or movement that forms a coherent part of the structurethe development section
- a division in an orchestra, band, etc, containing instruments belonging to the same classthe brass section
- Also called: signature, gathering, gather, quire a folded printing sheet or sheets ready for gathering and binding
- to cut or divide into sections
- to cut through so as to reveal a section
- (in drawing, esp mechanical drawing) to shade so as to indicate sections
- surgery to cut or divide (an organ, structure, or part)
- British social welfare to have (a mentally disturbed person) confined in a mental hospital under an appropriate section of the mental health legislation
Word Origin and History for section
late 14c., "intersection of two straight lines; division of a scale;" from Old French section or directly from Latin sectionem (nominative sectio) "a cutting, cutting off, division," noun of action from past participle stem of secare "to cut," from PIE root *sek- "to cut" (cf. Old Church Slavonic seko, sešti "to cut," se čivo "ax, hatchet;" Lithuanian isekti "to engrave, carve;" Albanian šate "mattock;" Old Saxon segasna, Old English sigðe "scythe;" Old English secg "sword," seax "knife, short sword;" Old Irish doescim "I cut;" Latin saxum "rock, stone").
From 1550s as "act of cutting or dividing." Meaning "subdivision of a written work, statute, etc." is from 1570s. Meaning "a part cut off from the rest" is from early 15c.
"divide into sections," 1819, from section (n.). Related: Sectioned; sectioning.
- A cut or division.
- 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.
- To separate or divide into parts.
- To cut or divide tissue surgically.