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  1. sec·tion
    IPA[ˈsekSH(ə)n]
  2. noun

    • 1. any of the more or less distinct parts into which something is or may be divided or from which it is made up:

      arrange orange sections on a platter
    • 2. a relatively distinct part of a book, newspaper, statute, or other document:

      the this last section of the questionnaire relates solely to training
    • 3. a measure of land, equal to one square mile.

    • 4. a particular district of a town:

      a residential section of the capital
    • 5. a distinct group within a larger body of people or things:

      the children's section of the library
    • 6. a group of players of a family of instruments within an orchestra:

      the brass section
    • 7. a small class of students who are part of a larger course but are taught separately:

      graduate students lead discussion sections for professors' lecture courses
    • 8. a specified military unit:

      a camouflage section was added to the army
    • 9. a subdivision of an army platoon.

    • 10. a secondary taxonomic category, especially a subgenus.

    • 11. the cutting of a solid by or along a plane.

    • 12. the shape resulting from cutting a solid along a plane:

      nails of round section
    • 13. a representation of the internal structure of something as if it has been cut through vertically or horizontally:

      a section of face, showing the position of the organs of speech
    • 14. a separation by cutting.

    • 15. a thin slice of plant or animal tissue prepared for microscopic examination.

    verb

    • 1. divide into sections:

      she began to section the grapefruit
    • 2. separate an area from a larger one:

      parts of the curved balcony had been sectioned off with wrought-iron grilles
    • 3. cut (animal or plant tissue) into thin slices for microscopic examination:

      the specimens were embedded and serially sectioned
    • 4. divide by cutting:

      it is common veterinary practice to section the nerves to the hoof of a limping horse
    • 5. commit (someone) compulsorily to a psychiatric hospital in accordance with a section of a mental health act:

      should she be sectioned?
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: section, plural noun: sections

    • v.: verb: section, 3rd person present: sections, gerund or present participle: sectioning, past tense: sectioned, past participle: sectioned

    • noun

      any of the more or less distinct parts into which something is or may be divided or from which it is made up:

      a relatively distinct part of a book, newspaper, statute, or other document:

    • verb

      divide into sections:

      separate an area from a larger one:

    • adjective

      made or divided into a separate sections:

      having been committed compulsorily to a psychiatric hospital in accordance with a section of a mental health act:

    • adjective

      made or divided into a separate sections:

      having been committed compulsorily to a psychiatric hospital in accordance with a section of a mental health act:

    • noun

      a surface or shape that is or would be exposed by making a straight cut through something, especially at right angles to an axis:

      a thin strip of organic tissue or other material removed by making two straight parallel cuts through it.

    • verb

      make a cross section of (something):
    • noun

      a thin, flat piece of material prepared for examination with a microscope, in particular a piece of rock about 0.03 millimeters thick, or, for electron microscopy, a piece of tissue about 30 nanometers thick.
    • verb

      prepare (something) for examination with a microscope:
    • noun

      the sign §, used as a reference mark or to indicate a section of a book.
    • noun

      a quarter of a square mile of land; 160 acres (approximately 64.7 hectares).
    • noun

      a caesarean section.
    • noun

      a crew of railroad workers responsible for maintaining a particular section of track.
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