[sek-shuh n]


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

Examples from the Web for section

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, etcthe 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
  1. a plane surface formed by cutting through a solid
  2. the shape or area of such a plane surfaceCompare 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
  1. an extended division of a composition or movement that forms a coherent part of the structurethe development section
  2. a division in an orchestra, band, etc, containing instruments belonging to the same classthe brass section
Also called: signature, gathering, gather, quire a folded printing sheet or sheets ready for gathering and binding

verb (tr)

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

Word Origin for section

C16: from Latin sectiō, from secāre to cut

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Word Origin and History for section
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Medicine definitions for section




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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