Meaning of SECTION in English



Pronunciation: ' sek-sh ə n

Function: noun

Etymology: Latin section-, sectio, from secare to cut ― more at SAW

Date: 1534

1 a : the action or an instance of cutting or separating by cutting b : a part set off by or as if by cutting

2 : a distinct part or portion of something written (as a chapter, law, or newspaper)

3 a : the profile of something as it would appear if cut through by an intersecting plane b : the plane figure resulting from the cutting of a solid by a plane

4 : a natural subdivision of a taxonomic group

5 : a character § used as a mark for the beginning of a section and as a reference mark

6 : a piece of land one square mile in area forming especially one of the 36 subdivisions of a township

7 : a distinct part of a territorial or political area, community, or group of people <the historic section of the city>

8 a : a part that may be, is, or is viewed as separated <a board cut into section s > <the northern section of the route> b : one segment of a fruit : CARPEL

9 : a basic military unit usually having a special function

10 : a very thin slice (as of tissue) suitable for microscopic examination

11 a : one of the classes formed by dividing the students taking a course b : one of the discussion groups into which a conference or organization is divided

12 a : a part of a permanent railroad way under the care of a particular crew b : one of two or more vehicles or trains which run on the same schedule

13 : one of several component parts that may be assembled or reassembled <a bookcase in section s >

14 : a division of an orchestra composed of one class of instruments <the string section >


synonyms see PART

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.