- 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)
Origin of section
Synonyms for section
Related Words for sectioncategory, sector, zone, district, area, region, passage, field, part, branch, department, piece, segment, chunk, classification, share, sample, sphere, moiety, belt
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Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of section
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 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.