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Noun: section  sek-shun
  1. (music) a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)
    "the history of this work is discussed in the next section"; "he always turns first to the business section";
    - subdivision
     
  2. A very thin slice (of tissue, 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";
    - 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 finance section of the company";
    - part, division
     
  7. A land unit equal to 1 square mile
     
  8. (geometry) the area created by a plane cutting through a solid
    - plane section
     
  9. A small class of students who are part of a larger course but are taught separately
    "a graduate student taught sections for the professor's lecture course";
    - discussion section
     
  10. A division of an orchestra containing all instruments of the same class
     
  11. A small army unit usually having a special function
     
  12. A specialized division of a large organization
    "she got a job in the historical section of the Treasury";
    - department
     
  13. A segment of a citrus fruit
    "he ate a section of the orange"
     
  14. The cutting of or into body tissues or organs (especially by a surgeon as part of an operation)
    - incision, surgical incision
Verb: section  sek-shun
  1. Divide into segments
    "section an orange";
    - segment

Derived forms: sectioning, sectioned, sections

Type of: area, army unit, class, concept, conception, construct, country, course, cut, cutting, divide, division, expanse, form, grade [N. Amer], music, musical group, musical organisation [Brit], musical organization, part, piece of writing, portion, segment, separate, slice, squad, square mile, surface area, team, writing, written material

Part of: band, citrous fruit, citrus, citrus fruit, microscope slide, op, operation, orchestra, platoon, slide, surgery, surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process, unit, whole

Encyclopedia: Section, Al