Definition of Section

1. Noun. A self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical). "The history of this work is discussed in the next section"

2. Verb. Divide into segments. "Segment a compound word"
Exact synonyms: Segment
Generic synonyms: Divide, Part, Separate
Related verbs: Segment
Specialized synonyms: Syllabicate, Syllabify, Syllabise, Syllabize, Quarter
Derivative terms: Segment, Segment, Segmentation

3. Noun. A very thin slice (of tissue or mineral or other substance) for examination under a microscope. "Sections from the left ventricle showed diseased tissue"
Group relationships: Microscope Slide, Slide
Generic synonyms: Slice

4. Noun. A distinct region or subdivision of a territorial or political area or community or group of people. "There are three synagogues in the Jewish section"
Generic synonyms: Area, Country
Specialized synonyms: Outskirts, Locality, Neck Of The Woods, Neighborhood, Neighbourhood, Vicinity
Specialized synonyms: Forbidden City

5. Noun. One of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object. "Finished the final segment of the road"
Exact synonyms: Segment
Group relationships: Unit, Whole
Specialized synonyms: Bend, Curve, Dado, Leaf, Length, Straight, Straightaway, Subdivision, Subsection
Generic synonyms: Part, Portion
Derivative terms: Segment

6. Noun. A small team of policemen working as part of a police platoon.
Generic synonyms: Squad, Team
Group relationships: Platoon

7. Noun. One of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole. "The BBC's engineering division"

8. Noun. A land unit equal to 1 square mile.
Generic synonyms: Square Mile

9. Noun. (geometry) the area created by a plane cutting through a solid.
Exact synonyms: Plane Section
Generic synonyms: Area, Expanse, Surface Area
Category relationships: Geometry
Specialized synonyms: Cross Section

10. Noun. 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"
Exact synonyms: Discussion Section
Generic synonyms: Class, Course, Form, Grade

11. Noun. A division of an orchestra containing all instruments of the same class.

12. Noun. A small army unit usually having a special function.
Generic synonyms: Army Unit

13. Noun. A specialized division of a large organization. "She got a job in the historical section of the Treasury"

14. Noun. A segment of a citrus fruit. "He ate a section of the orange"
Group relationships: Citrous Fruit, Citrus, Citrus Fruit
Generic synonyms: Segment

15. Noun. The cutting of or into body tissues or organs (especially by a surgeon as part of an operation).

Definition of Section

1. n. The act of cutting, or separation by cutting; as, the section of bodies.

Definition of Section

1. Noun. A cutting; a part cut out from the rest of something. ¹

2. Noun. A part, piece, subdivision of anything. ¹

3. Noun. A part of a document. ¹

4. Noun. An act or instance of cutting. ¹

5. Noun. A cross-section (image that shows an object as if cut along a plane). ¹

6. Noun. (surgery) An incision or the act of making an incision. ¹

7. Noun. (science) A thin slice of material prepared as a specimen for research. ¹

8. Noun. (military) A group of 10-15 soldiers lead by a non-commissioned officer and forming part of a platoon. ¹

9. Noun. (category theory) A right inverse. ¹

10. Noun. (NZ) A piece of residential land usually a quarter of an acre, a plot. ¹

11. Verb. To cut, divide or separate into pieces. ¹

12. Verb. (British) To commit, as for mental health reasons. (non-gloss definition So called after various sections of legal acts regarding mental health.) ¹

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Definition of Section

1. to divide into sections (distinct parts) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Section

1. 1. The act of cutting, or separation by cutting; as, the section of bodies. 2. A part separated from something; a division; a portion; a slice. Specifically: A distinct part or portion of a book or writing; a subdivision of a chapter; the division of a law or other writing; a paragraph; an article; hence, the character, often used to denote such a division. "It is hardly possible to give a distinct view of his several arguments in distinct sections." (Locke) A distinct part of a country or people, community, class, or the like; a part of a territory separated by geographical lines, or of a people considered as distinct. "The extreme section of one class consists of bigoted dotards, the extreme section of the other consists of shallow and reckless empirics." (Macaulay) One of the portions, of one square mile each, into which the public lands of the United States are divided; one thirty-sixth part of a township. These sections are subdivided into quarter sections for sale under the homestead and preemption laws. 3. The figure made up of all the points common to a superficies and a solid which meet, or to two superficies which meet, or to two lines which meet. In the first case the section is a superficies, in the second a line, and in the third a point. 4. A division of a genus; a group of species separated by some distinction from others of the same genus; often indicated by the sign . 5. A part of a musical period, composed of one or more phrases. See Phrase. 6. The description or representation of anything as it would appear if cut through by any intersecting plane; depiction of what is beyond a plane passing through, or supposed to pass through, an object, as a building, a machine, a succession of strata; profile. In mechanical drawing, as in these Illustrations of a cannon, a longitudinal section (a) usually represents the object as cut through its center lengthwise and vertically; a cross or transverse section (b), as cut crosswise and vertically; and a horizontal section (c), as cut through its center horizontally. Oblique sections are made at various angles. In architecture, a vertical section is a drawing showing the interior, the thickness of the walls, ets, as if made on a vertical plane passed through a building. Angular sections, an instrument to aid in drawing a series of equidistant parallel lines, used in representing sections. Thin sections, a section or slice, as of mineral, animal, or vegetable substance, thin enough to be transparent, and used for study under the microscope. Synonym: Part, portion, division. Section, Part. The English more commonly apply the word section to a part or portion of a body of men; as, a section of the clergy, a small section of the Whigs, etc. In the United States this use is less common, but another use, unknown or but little known in England, is very frequent, as in the phrases "the eastern section of our country," etc, the same sense being also given to the adjective sectional as, sectional feelings, interests, etc. Origin: L. Sectio, fr. Secare, sectum, to cut; akin to E. Saw a cutting instrument: cf. F. Section. See Saw, and cf. Scion, Dissect, Insect, Secant, Segment. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Section

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx (1906)
"The Rate of Surplus-Value, 835 section 1.—The Degree of Exploitation of Labour-Power ... 269 section S.—Branches of English Industry without Legal Limits to ..."

2. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx (1906)
"The Labour Process or the Production of Use-Value, 197 section 2. ... The Rate of Surplus-Value, 235 section 1.—The Degree of Exploitation of Labour-Power, ..."

3. A Model City Charter: With Home Rule Provisions Recommended for the State (1922)
"Certification of Petition PAGE 31 section 28. Referendum Election __ _ — 32 section 29. Title of Ballot — 32 section 30. Form of Ballot . 32 section 31. ..."

4. Mountain Wild Flowers of America: A Simple and Popular Guide to the Names by Julia W. Henshaw (1906)
"Arctostaphylos alpina (Pink to Red section) . . . 159 Bird's-eye Primrose . . Primula farinosa (Pink to Red section) 164 Shooting Star . ..."

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