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From Old French, from Latin sectio (cutting, cutting off, excision, amputation of diseased parts of the body, etc.), from sectus, past participle of secare (to cut).

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section (plural sections)

  1. A cutting; a part cut out from the rest of something.
  2. A part, piece, subdivision of anything.
    • 2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, “Our banks are out of control”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 3, page 21: 
      Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic […].  Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. […]  But the scandals kept coming, and so we entered stage three – what therapists call "bargaining". A broad section of the political class now recognises the need for change but remains unable to see the necessity of a fundamental overhaul. Instead it offers fixes and patches.
  3. A part of a document.
  4. An act or instance of cutting.
  5. A cross-section (image that shows an object as if cut along a plane).
    1. (aviation) A cross-section perpendicular the longitudinal axis of an aircraft in flight.
  6. (surgery) An incision or the act of making an incision.
  7. (sciences) A thin slice of material prepared as a specimen for research.
  8. (military) A group of 10-15 soldiers lead by a non-commissioned officer and forming part of a platoon.
  9. (category theory) A right inverse.
  10. (New Zealand) A piece of residential land usually a quarter of an acre, a plot.
  11. (Canada) A one-mile square area of land, defined by a government survey.

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section (third-person singular simple present sections, present participle sectioning, simple past and past participle sectioned)

  1. To cut, divide or separate into pieces.
  2. (UK) To commit (a person, to a hospital, with or without their consent), as for mental health reasons. So called after various sections of legal acts regarding mental health.
    • 1998, Diana Gittins, Madness in its Place: Narratives of Severalls Hospital, 1913-1997, Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-18388-8, page 45:
      Tribunals were set up as watchdogs in cases of compulsory detention (sectioning). [] Informal patients, however, could be sectioned, and this was often a fear of patients once they were in hospital.
    • a. 2000, Lucy Johnstone, Users and Abusers of Psychiatry: A Critical Look at Psychiatric Practice, Second Edition, Routledge (2000), ISBN 978-0-415-21155-0, page xiv:
      The doctor then sectioned her, making her an involuntary patient, and had her moved to a secure ward.
    • 2006, Mairi Colme, A Divine Dance of Madness, Chipmunkapublishing, ISBN 978-1-84747-023-2, page 5:
      After explaining that for 7 years, from ’88 to ’95, I was permanently sectioned under the Mental Health act, robbed of my freedom, my integrity, my rights, I wrote at the time;- ¶ []

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From Latin.

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section f (plural sections)

  1. section (all meanings)

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Last modified on 17 April 2014, at 21:00