[ sek-til ]
/ ˈsɛk tɪl /


capable of being cut smoothly with a knife.

Origin of sectile

1710–20; < Latin sectilis cuttable, equivalent to sect(us) (past participle of secāre to cut; see saw1) + -ilis -ile

Related forms

sec·til·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sectile

  • The Tablinum in the house of the vestals and the temple of Jupiter on the Capitol were paved with sectile mosaic.

    Rome|Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
  • It is soft, sectile, readily scratched by the nail; its fracture is vitreous and conchoidal.

British Dictionary definitions for sectile


/ (ˈsɛktaɪl) /


able to be cut smoothly

Derived Forms

sectility (sɛkˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for sectile

C18: from Latin sectilis, from secāre to cut
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