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 members' section of a golf course;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 United States 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.
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;the string 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.
to cut or divide into sections.
to cut through so as to present a section.
Surgery. to make an incision.
- half-section, noun
- mul·ti·sec·tion, adjective
- un·sec·tioned, adjective
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How to use section in a sentence
When you go to remove your face covering, avoid touching the middle section of the material and only grasp it by the ear loops.Why you shouldn’t ever wear your mask around your neck | Erin Fennessy | February 11, 2021 | Popular-Science
In the comments section of their story, readers seemed pleased that we’d gotten it right for once.Date Lab: One of our setups is still going strong two years later. We caught up with Willie and Renee for an update. | Marin Cogan | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
For each of these, there’s a narrative section that traces Gregory’s path to life “at the bottom of the world,” including stints at restaurants across three continents, and a separate recipe section for the recipes related to these life events.How to Make Smoked Trout, According to a Chef in Tasmania | Monica Burton | February 10, 2021 | Eater
So the human section might look more like a big, round barrel than a human torso.
For example, tip over the chair and mask off all but a small section, where the paint won’t get into one of the chair’s holes.
A few weeks after returning from England, I was trolling the dairy section and came across the Cotswold Double Gloucester.
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.
There is a brutally honest section of the book about how you fell out of love with your wife, and essentially chose soccer.
And then, on one recent morning, the train made a stop at a small station near an especially beautiful section of the river.
Manttan is keen to carry out research on that Burmese side of the railway as his father worked on that section.
In cross-section the burrows varied from round (three inches in diameter) to oval (three inches high and four inches wide).Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula | Erwin E. Klaas
He made no further remark as they descended the darker section of the stair, and she could think of nothing to say to him.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Then he goes out, gits into his Pullman section, blows his punkin whistle and departs.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher | Eleanor Gates
Nearly all the translating words given in this section so far are synthetic.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
The book is divided into sections, each section being called 'A Reason.'Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
British Dictionary definitions for section
a part cut off or separated from the main body of something
a part or subdivision of a piece of writing, book, etc: the 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 surface: Compare 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 structure: the development section
a division in an orchestra, band, etc, containing instruments belonging to the same class: the 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
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