- the making of an incision.
- an incision.
- 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.
verb (used with object)
- section boss,
- section eight,
- section gang,
- section hand,
- section mark
Origin of section
Examples from the Web for half-section
I have had a talk with Whinnie, otherwise Whinstane Sandy, who has been ditching at the far end of our half-section.The Prairie Mother|Arthur Stringer
Lieutenant Bonneau had brought a half-section of sailors to our inn, and these began to explore the neighbourhood.Dixmude|Charles Le Goffic
But I wanted the land, too—not merely a half-section for myself, but the whole valley—only I didn't want it for myself.The Long Chance|Peter B. Kyne
Chris Arnson has traded his half-section for a place down on the river.O Pioneers!|Willa Cather
Father says every foot of the half-section ought to be viewed from that tree, except what's in the little clump about the cabin.The Price of the Prairie|Margaret Hill McCarter
- a plane surface formed by cutting through a solid
- the shape or area of such a plane surfaceCompare cross section (def. 1)
- 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
Word Origin 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.