Definition of sectional in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɛkʃ(ə)n(ə)l/


1Relating to a section or subdivision of a larger whole: a sectional championship
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  • Rather than a California high school state championship, several sectional meets were held throughout the state to wrap up the 2002-03 high school season.
  • Earlier, he coached the girl's basketball team to three titles and two sectional championships, and also served as assistant coach for boys' basketball and football.
  • The sectional championship program will provide a niche and serve a purpose for a broader range of individuals and teams.
1.1Relating to a section or group within a community: the chairman of the commission looked on sectional interests as a danger to the common good
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  • But in the parliament in August, the only opposition came from parties that represent sectional and regional interests.
  • We come from Lismore's urban, village, and rural areas and do not represent any party, business or sectional interest.
  • Some eight years down the road, it is important that vocal sectional interests do not blind the community to reforms that are in the public interest.
individual, group, separate, divided, special, personal, private, exclusive, local, provincial, regional, national, sectarian, factional, party, party political, class, racial, partisan, partial, selfish
1.2Relating to a view of the structure of an object in section: sectional drawings
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  • There will be working models and sectional views to explain how important it is to conserve and tap rainwater.
  • Lightweight technology is applied to commands such as dimensioning, mating, components insertion, interference detection, and sectional views.
  • A follow-up CT scan of the chest 6 months later included sectional views of the upper abdomen and showed an abnormality in the pancreas.
1.3Made or supplied in sections: sectional sills, made from more than one piece of timber
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  • Finally, a student named Ben was selling a sectional couch in the classifieds section.
  • Families have a permanent base to park their caravans or erect sectional buildings.
  • The project saw the aging clubhouse replaced by a sectional timber building.


North American
A sofa made in sections that can be used separately as chairs.
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  • Meanwhile, cowering on the leather sectionals, bewildered parents plead to the camera for a nanny intervention.
  • Niccy led me into the living room and sat down on our red sectional.
  • Admitting one into your living room will suck the life force from your leather sectional, fireplace, and Pre-Raphaelite art pieces.



(also sectionalise) verb
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  • Certainly I think they'll stay for the most part like this for a while, but I may choose to sectionalise them a bit later on.
  • The outer movements are sectionalized; each contains a highly ornamented Capriccio.
  • I am not sure but I think the sides were sectionalized and dropped down across the gap, between the tracks.


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  • That's partially, I think, why Electric Version is a harder thing to grasp at first than the first album, Mass Romantic - it's more fractured and short, sectionally.
  • These protests were invariably portrayed by the various governments as selfish or sectionally motivated and as a disruption of patient care.

Words that rhyme with sectional

connectional, correctional, directional, interjectional, intersectional, unidirectional

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Line breaks: sec|tion¦al

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