From Middle English seccioun, from Old French section, from Latin sectiō (“cutting, cutting off, excision, amputation of diseased parts of the body, etc.”), from sectus, past participle of secāre (“to cut”). More at saw.
- (Received Pronunciation, General American) enPR: sĕk′shən, IPA(key): /ˈsɛkʃən/
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- Rhymes: -ɛkʃən
- Hyphenation: sec‧tion
section (plural sections)
- A cutting; a part cut out from the rest of something.
- A part, piece, subdivision of anything.
- 2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, “Our banks are out of control”, in 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.
- A part of a document, especially a major part; often notated with §.
- An act or instance of cutting.
- A cross-section (image that shows an object as if cut along a plane).
- (surgery) An incision or the act of making an incision.
- (sciences) A thin slice of material prepared as a specimen for research.
- (botany) A taxonomic rank below the genus (and subgenus if present), but above the species.
- (zoology) An informal taxonomic rank below the order ranks and above the family ranks.
- (military) A group of 10-15 soldiers led by a non-commissioned officer and forming part of a platoon.
- (category theory) A right inverse.
- (New Zealand) A piece of residential land; a plot.
- (US, Canada, law and land surveying) Synonym of , a unit of land area, especially in the contexts of Canadan surveys and American land grants and legal property descriptions.
- The symbol §, denoting a section of a document.
- (geology) A sequence of rock layers.
- (Philippines, education) A class in a school; a group of students in a regularly scheduled meeting with a teacher in a certain school year or semester or school quarter year.
- (botany, zoology): sectio
- (piece created by cutting): cutting, slice
- (any piece): division, part, slice, piece, snippet
Coordinate terms Edit
- (square mile when described as a 'section'): acre (1/640 section), quarter-section (¼ section), labor (¼ section in Texan contexts)
Coordinate terms Edit
Derived terms Edit
- abdominal section
- brass section
- configuration section
- conic section
- critical section
- file section
- golden section
- input-output section
- invariant section
- knothole section
- linkage section
- neutron cross section
- nosebleed section
- rhythm section
- section 104 holding
- section 8
- section automatic weapon
- section beam
- section break
- section liner
- section sign
- thin section
- working-storage section
Related terms Edit
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
- To cut, divide or separate into pieces.
- To reduce to the degree of thinness required for study with the microscope.
- (UK, Australia, New Zealand) To commit (a person) to a hospital for mental health treatment as an involuntary patient. 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, 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.
- Synonym: (Australia) schedule
- (medicine) To perform a cesarean section on (someone).
- 2012, Anne Fraser, St. Piran's: Daredevil, Doctor...Dad!, Harlequin, page 16:
- "But if she's gone into active labour she could be bleeding massively and you may have to section her there and then."
- 2008, Murray et al, Labor and Delivery Nursing: Guide to Evidence-Based Practice, Springer Publishing Company, page 57:
- You may hear a physician say, "I don't want to section her until the baby declares itself."
Further reading Edit
- “section”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “section”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “section”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
section f (plural sections)
- section (all meanings)
Further reading Edit
- “section”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
section (plural sectiones)
- (act of) cutting
- (surgery) section (all meanings)
- (geometry, drawing, etc.) section