sec|tion1 W1S1 [ˈsekʃən] n
2¦(part of a whole)¦
4¦(group of people)¦
5 brass/rhythm/woodwind/string etc section
7¦(side/top view)¦
9¦(area of land)¦
[Date: 1300-1400; : Latin; Origin: sectio, from secare 'to cut']
one of the parts that something such as an object or place is divided into
section of
a busy section of road
the reference section of the library
The plane's tail section was found in a cornfield.
the smoking section (=where you can smoke)
one of the separate parts of a structure, piece of furniture etc that you fit together to form the whole
in sections
The boats were built in Scotland, and transported to Egypt in sections.
a separate part of a book, newspaper, document, report etc
This issue will be discussed further in section 2.
sports/style/business/travel etc section
(=particular part of a newspaper)
a separate group within a larger group of people
section of
a large section of the American public
The story was grossly exaggerated by certain sections of the press.
5.) brass/rhythm/woodwind/string etc section
the people or person in a band or ↑orchestra, who play the ↑brass, ↑rhythm etc instruments
6.) ¦(LAW)¦
one of the parts of a law or a legal document
Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution
7.) ¦(SIDE/TOP VIEW)¦ [U and C]
technical a picture that shows what a building, part of the body etc would look like if it were cut from top to bottom or side to side
→↑cross-section in section
Here's the outside view, and here are the floors in section.
a) [U and C]
a medical operation that involves cutting
caesarean section atcaesarean
a very thin flat piece that is cut from skin, a plant etc to be looked at under a ↑microscope
9.) ¦(AREA OF LAND)¦ AmE
a square area of land in the US that is one mile long on each side
10.)¦(MATHEMATICS)¦ technical
the shape that is made when a solid figure is cut by a flat surface in mathematics
section 2
section2 v [T]
1.) BrE to officially force someone with a mental illness to go to a ↑psychiatric hospital, because they are dangerous to themselves or other people
2.) to separate something into parts
Peel and section the oranges.
3.) technical or medical to cut a very thin flat piece from skin, a plant etc so that you can look at it under a ↑microscope
4.) medical to cut a part of the body in a medical operation
section off [section sth<=>off] phr v
to divide an area into parts, especially by putting something between the parts
The vegetable plots were sectioned off by a low wall.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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