- 1Any of the more or less distinct parts into which something is or may be divided or from which it is made up: arrange orange sections on a platterMore example sentences
- The collection is divided into four sections with each section arranged around a particular subject.
- Part down the middle, then divide hair into sections, front to back.
- Inside it was divided into two distinct sections.
- 1.1A relatively distinct part of a book, newspaper, statute, or other document.More example sentences
- I mean, the odd thing is that Clinton devoted a large section of the book to his childhood.
- The book is divided into three main sections covering background, methods, and applications.
- Perhaps you could include a small section devoted to explaining the 100 most common acronyms.
- 1.2North American A measure of land, equal to one square mile.More example sentences
- Here they talk about acres, but in West Texas we measure land in sections.
- With the help of other concerned citizens, they eventually succeeded in gaining a permit to graze their flocks on 14 sections of Forest Service land.
- 1.3chiefly North American A particular district of a town.More example sentences
- I decided to walk through the Islamic section of town to Cairo's infamous bazaar and check it out for myself.
- In large cities, such as Kano or Katsina, Hausa live either in the old sections of town or in newer quarters built for civil servants.
- In the intervening three months, yet another airplane crashed, this time into a residential section of New York City.
- 2A distinct group within a larger body of people or things: the children’s section of the libraryMore example sentences
department, area, part, division
- Last year Swinney, who has faced constant sniping about his leadership credentials from some sections within the party, faced down a challenge by Glasgow activist Bill Wilson.
- This was the line pursued at the time by the body politic and large sections of the media to justify a knee-jerk reaction and savage state repression.
- They accused some sections of that body of trying to frustrate the inquiry.
- 2.1A group of players of a family of instruments within an orchestra: the brass sectionMore example sentences
- The brass section of an orchestra typically consists of trumpets, horns, trombones, and tubas.
- The only music to be heard was some of the brass section tuning up their instruments.
- At that time, women in London could only play in the wind sections of the BBC Symphony and the English Chamber Orchestras.
- 2.2A small class of students who are part of a larger course but are taught separately: graduate students lead discussion sections for professors' lecture coursesMore example sentences
- I divided the class, each section to be led by one member of the faculty.
- Each section of the course accommodates between twelve and eighteen students.
- Faculty members teaching multiple sections of one course had each section participate in the study.
- 2.3 [in names] A specified military unit: a camouflage section was added to the armyMore example sentences
- In Bosnia, IO staff sections were formed in units below brigade.
- It is our tank sections and infantry squads that invariably make contact with hostile forces, not companies or battalions.
- Basson is still working for South Africa in its military's medical section.
- 2.4A subdivision of an army platoon.More example sentences
- Soldiers will be trained to deploy as individuals, sections or units.
- Due to the nature of current combat operations in Iraq, our primary mounted maneuver unit is the section.
- A unit of action may vary from a nine-man infantry section through to a 3500-person brigade.
- 2.5 Biology A secondary taxonomic category, especially a subgenus.More example sentences
- Each species is classified under a sub-genus, and a section.
- At the subgeneric level, the classification of Valeriana in subgenera and sections is difficult.
- Several genera that are at times segregated from Atriplex have been variously treated as subgenera or sections, or simply placed in synonymy with Atriplex.
- 3.2A representation of the internal structure of something as if it has been cut through vertically or horizontally.More example sentences
- This technique involves mentally dividing the image in the viewfinder up into a grid of three horizontal and vertical sections.
- The vector field represents a vertical section through a vortex ring.
- 3.3 Surgery A separation by cutting.More example sentences
- Obviously, if you have to deliver via Caesarian section it will take longer for you to get back on your bike.
- Once considered unthinkable, vaginal delivery after a previous caesarean section remains a safe option for many women.
- The mother had an elective cesarean section in order to ensure proper management of the airway during delivery.
- 3.4 Biology A thin slice of plant or animal tissue prepared for microscopic examination.More example sentences
- The animal from which the tissue sections are prepared is important.
- Immunohistochemical studies were performed using formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue sections of the cyst wall.
- Sets of transverse, serial thin sections were prepared to document growth and increase in detail.
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- 1Divide into sections: she began to section the grapefruitMore example sentences
- The only way to tell a dolphin's age for definite is by sectioning a tooth, said Mr Whooley.
- To prevent copying, DVDs are sectioned into blocks that are each encrypted using a content scrambling system.
- The common room was a large circular room, with three-quarters of the walls being sectioned into small little box-shaped cubby holes where university students got their usual circulars, mail, etc. etc.
- 1.1 (section something off) Separate an area from a larger one: parts of the curved balcony had been sectioned off with wrought-iron grillesMore example sentences
- These areas have been sectioned off because they are unsafe!
- Isis could see that each area was sectioned off into little green or brown squares according to the owner's preference.
- The gymnasium had one of those huge movable walls which they would use to section it off into smaller areas for classes.
- 1.2 Biology Cut (animal or plant tissue) into thin slices for microscopic examination.More example sentences
- The brain of each rat was sectioned in the coronals plane into 2 mm thickness pieces using a plastic model of the rat brain.
- The cartilage was sectioned into 2-mm full-thickness slices.
- The paraffin-embedded specimen was serially sectioned until the full cross-sectional area of the specimen was believed to be exposed.
- 1.3 Surgery Divide by cutting: it is common veterinary practice to section the nerves to the hoof of a limping horseMore example sentences
- Because of their predominantly vertical orientation, the basilar segmental bronchi of the right lower lobe are routinely sectioned transversely on CT.
- On sectioning the liver, diffuse tan miliary lesions surrounded by dark red hemorrhagic tissue were seen.
- If these foci are sectioned perfectly, diagnosis is not difficult because the parallel arrangement of the prongs is obvious.
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- The consultant psychiatrist said at that stage he was not sectionable and it was agreed to allow him to go home on leave.
- Both are fine sectionable boats, the last Olympic wooden fours class from their respective makers.
- I attended a parenting course to enable me to reestablish boundaries and to undergo counselling since I was almost sectionable myself by that time.
- [often in combination]: a square-sectioned iron pegMore example sentences
- Mix books and objects in sectioned shelves.
- The sectioned specimens were dried in an oven for four hours at 100°C.
- Not every one ate the same thing from a sectioned tray.
late Middle English (as a noun): from French section or Latin sectio(n-), from secare 'to cut'. The verb dates from the early 19th century.