- 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 sectioningseparate, subdivide, break, cut, tear, isolate, partition, cross, segregate, split, carve, divide, disunite, articulate, strip, sever, rend, slice, particularize, section
Examples from the Web for sectioning
Historical Examples of sectioning
Figure 29 is the equatorial plate of a metaphase in which the larger component of the unequal pair has been removed in sectioning.Studies in Spermatogenesis
Nettie Maria Stevens
On sectioning the bones longitudinally the cortex is noted to be exceedingly thin, a mere shell and very brittle.Scurvy Past and Present
Alfred Fabian Hess
- 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.