section [sek′shən]
[L sectio < sectus, pp. of secare, to cut: see SAW1]
1. the act or process of cutting or separating by cutting; specif., an incision in surgery
a) a part separated or removed by cutting; slice; division
b) a very thin slice, as of tissue, used for microscopic study
a) a part or division of a book, newspaper, etc.
b) a numbered paragraph of a writing, a law, etc.
4. any distinct, constituent part [a bookcase in five sections, various sections of society]
5. a segment of an orange, grapefruit, etc.
a) a part of a city, country, etc.; district or region [a hilly section, the business section ]
b) a division of public lands, equal to 640 acres or one square mile (2.59 square kilometers or 259.005 hectares): see
7. TOWNSHIP (sense 4)
8. a loose subdivision of a biological genus, group, family, etc.
9. a view or drawing of a thing as it would appear if cut straight through in a given plane
10. any of the distinct groups of instruments or voices in an orchestra or chorus [the woodwind section]
11. any of several tactical subdivisions of military, air, or naval forces
a) part of a sleeping car containing an upper and lower berth
b) a division of a railroad right of way, usually several miles of track under the care of a single maintenance crew
13. any of two or more buses, trains, or airplanes put into service for a particular route and schedule to accommodate extra passengers
14. Educ. any of the classes into which the students taking a course with a large enrollment are divided [Prof. Brown's section of Freshman English]
15. Printing a mark (§) used to indicate a section in a book, etc., or as a reference mark: also section mark
1. to cut or divide into sections
2. to represent in sections, as in mechanical drawing

English World dictionary. . 2014.


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