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1 a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical); "he always turns first to the business section"; "the history of this work is discussed in the next section" [syn: subdivision]
2 a very thin slice (of tissue or mineral or other substance) for examination under a microscope; "sections from the left ventricle showed diseased tissue"
3 a distinct region or subdivision of a territorial or political area or community or group of people; "no section of the nation is more ardent than the South"; "there are three synagogues in the Jewish section"
4 one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object; "a section of a fishing rod"; "metal sections were used below ground"; "finished the final segment of the road" [syn: segment]
5 a small team of policemen working as part of a police platoon
6 one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole; "the written part of the exam"; "the finance section of the company"; "the BBC's engineering division" [syn: part, division]
7 a land unit of 1 square mile measuring 1 mile on a side
8 (geometry) the area created by a plane cutting through a solid [syn: plane section]
9 a division of an orchestra containing all instruments of the same class
10 a small army unit usually having a special function
11 a specialized division of a large organization; "you'll find it in the hardware department"; "she got a job in the historical section of the Treasury" [syn: department]
12 a segment of a citrus fruit; "he ate a section of the orange"
13 the cutting of or into body tissues or organs (especially by a surgeon as part of an operation) [syn: incision, surgical incision] v : divide into segments; "segment an orange"; "segment a compound word" [syn: segment]

User Contributed Dictionary



From sectio, noun of action form from perfect passive participle sectus + noun of action suffix -io


  1. A cutting; a part cut out from the rest of something.
  2. A part, piece, division.
  3. A part of a document.


Related terms


part of a document
  • Chinese: (duàn)
  • Czech: oddíl
  • Danish: afsnit
  • German: Abschnitt, Paragraf
  • Portuguese: seção
  • Russian: раздел
  • Spanish: sección
Translations to be checked


  1. To cut, divide or separate into pieces.
  2. To commit, as for mental health reasons

Extensive Definition

Section may refer to:
section in French: Section
section in German: Schnitt
section in Dutch: Sectie
section in Polish: Sekcja

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