[ sek-shuh n ]
/ ˈsɛk ʃən /


verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. sectarian,
  2. sectarianism,
  3. sectarianize,
  4. sectary,
  5. sectile,
  6. section boss,
  7. section eight,
  8. section gang,
  9. section hand,
  10. section mark

Origin of section

1550–60; < Latin sectiōn- (stem of sectiō) a cutting, equivalent to sect(us) (past participle of secāre to cut; see saw1) + -iōn- -ion

1. See part. 8. specimen, sample, cutting.

Related formshalf-sec·tion, nounmul·ti·sec·tion, adjectiveun·sec·tioned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for section


/ (ˈsɛkʃən) /


verb (tr)

Word Origin for section

C16: from Latin sectiō, from secāre to cut

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Word Origin and History for section
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for section


[ sĕkshən ]


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.

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