Meaning of SECTION in English


I. ˈsek-shən noun

Etymology: Latin section-, sectio, from secare to cut — more at saw

Date: 1534


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)


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


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


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


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

15. : signature 3b

Synonyms: see part

II. verb

( sec·tioned ; sec·tion·ing -sh(ə-)niŋ)

Date: 1819

transitive verb

1. : to cut or separate into sections

section an orange

2. : to represent in sections

intransitive verb

: to become cut or separated into parts

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.