Meaning of SECTION in English


n. & v.


1. a part cut off or separated from something.

2 each of the parts into which a thing is divided (actually or conceptually) or divisible or out of which a structure can be fitted together.

3 a distinct group or subdivision of a larger body of people (the wind section of an orchestra).

4 a subdivision of a book, document, statute, etc.

5 US a an area of land. b one square mile of land. c a particular district of a town (residential section).

6 a subdivision of an army platoon.

7 esp. Surgery a separation by cutting.

8 Biol. a thin slice of tissue etc., cut off for microscopic examination.

9 a the cutting of a solid by or along a plane. b the resulting figure or the area of this.

10 a representation of the internal structure of something as if cut across along a vertical or horizontal plane.

11 Biol. a group, esp. a subgenus.

1. arrange in or divide into sections.

2 Brit. cause (a person) to be compulsorily committed to a psychiatric hospital in accordance with a section of a mental health act.

3 Biol. cut into thin slices for microscopic examination.

Phrases and idioms:

section-mark the sign (


) used as a reference mark to indicate the start of a section of a book etc.

Etymology: F section or L sectio f. secare sect- cut

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.