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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 platter a relatively distinct part of a book, newspaper, statute, or other document. North American a measure of land, equal to one square mile.
chiefly North American a particular district of a town.
2a distinct group within a larger body of people or things:the children’s section of the library a group of players of a family of instruments within an orchestra:the brass section a small class of students who are part of a larger course but are taught separately:graduate students lead discussion sections for professors' lecture courses [in names] a specified military unit:a camouflage section was added to the army a subdivision of an army platoon. Biology a secondary taxonomic category, especially a subgenus. 3the cutting of a solid by or along a plane. the shape resulting from cutting a solid along a plane. a representation of the internal structure of something as if it has been cut through vertically or horizontally. Surgery a separation by cutting. Biology a thin slice of plant or animal tissue prepared for microscopic examination.
verb [with object]
divide into sections:she began to section the grapefruit
(section something off
) separate an area from a larger one:parts of the curved balcony had been sectioned off with wrought-iron grilles
Biology cut (animal or plant tissue) into thin slices for microscopic examination. Surgery divide by cutting:it is common veterinary practice to section the nerves to the hoof of a limping horse