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Definition of 'section'


  1. a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical); "he always turns first to the business section"; "the history of this work is discussed in the next section"
       Synonyms: subdivision
  2. a very thin slice (of tissue or mineral or other substance) for examination under a microscope; "sections from the left ventricle showed diseased tissue"
  3. a distinct region or subdivision of a territorial or political area or community or group of people; "no section of the nation is more ardent than the South"; "there are three synagogues in the Jewish section"
  4. one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object; "a section of a fishing rod"; "metal sections were used below ground"; "finished the final segment of the road"
       Synonyms: segment
  5. a small team of policemen working as part of a police platoon
  6. one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole; "the written part of the exam"; "the finance section of the company"; "the BBC's engineering division"
       Synonyms: part division
  7. a land unit of 1 square mile measuring 1 mile on a side
  8. (geometry) the area created by a plane cutting through a solid
       Synonyms: plane section
  9. a division of an orchestra containing all instruments of the same class
  10. a small army unit usually having a special function
  11. a specialized division of a large organization; "you'll find it in the hardware department"; "she got a job in the historical section of the Treasury"
       Synonyms: department
  12. a segment of a citrus fruit; "he ate a section of the orange"
  13. the cutting of or into body tissues or organs (especially by a surgeon as part of an operation)
       Synonyms: incision surgical incision


  1. divide into segments; "segment an orange"; "segment a compound word"
       Synonyms: segment

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