(noun, verb)


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

Similar word(s): subdivision

Definition categories: communication, writing, music

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

Definition categories: object, slice

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

Definition categories: location, area, country

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

Similar word(s): segment

Definition categories: man–made, part, portion

5. a small team of policemen working as part of a police platoon

Definition categories: group, squad, team

6. one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole

- the finance section of the company

Similar word(s): division, part

Definition categories: thought, concept, conception, construct

7. a land unit equal to 1 square mile

Definition categories: quantity

8. (geometry) the area created by a plane cutting through a solid

Definition categories: location, area, expanse

9. a small class of students who are part of a larger course but are taught separately

- a graduate student taught sections for the professor's lecture course

Definition categories: group, class, course, form, grade

10. a division of an orchestra containing all instruments of the same class

Definition categories: group

11. a small army unit usually having a special function

Definition categories: group

12. a specialized division of a large organization

- she got a job in the historical section of the Treasury

Similar word(s): department

Definition categories: group, division

13. a segment of a citrus fruit

- he ate a section of the orange

Definition categories: food, segment

14. the cutting of or into body tissues or organs (especially by a surgeon as part of an operation)

Similar word(s): incision

Definition categories: act, cut, cutting


1. divide into segments

Similar word(s): segment

Definition categories: contact, divide, part, separate