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NOUN (14)

1. a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical);
- Example: "he always turns first to the business section"
- Example: "the history of this work is discussed in the next section"
[syn: section, subdivision]

2. a very thin slice (of tissue or mineral or other substance) for examination under a microscope;
- Example: "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;
- Example: "no section of the nation is more ardent than the South"
- Example: "there are three synagogues in the Jewish section"

4. one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object;
- Example: "a section of a fishing rod"
- Example: "metal sections were used below ground"
- Example: "finished the final segment of the road"
[syn: section, 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;
- Example: "the written part of the exam"
- Example: "the finance section of the company"
- Example: "the BBC's engineering division"
[syn: part, section, division]

7. a land unit equal to 1 square mile;

8. (geometry) the area created by a plane cutting through a solid;
[syn: section, plane section]

9. a small class of students who are part of a larger course but are taught separately;
- Example: "a graduate student taught sections for the professor's lecture course"
[syn: section, discussion section]

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

11. a small army unit usually having a special function;

12. a specialized division of a large organization;
- Example: "you'll find it in the hardware department"
- Example: "she got a job in the historical section of the Treasury"
[syn: department, section]

13. a segment of a citrus fruit;
- Example: "he ate a section of the orange"

14. the cutting of or into body tissues or organs (especially by a surgeon as part of an operation);
[syn: incision, section, surgical incision]


VERB (1)

1. divide into segments;
- Example: "segment an orange"
- Example: "segment a compound word"
[syn: segment, section]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Section \Sec"tion\, n. [L. sectio, fr. secare, sectum, to cut; akin to E. saw a cutting instrument: cf. F. section. See Saw, and cf. Scion, Dissect, Insect, Secant, Segment.] 1. The act of cutting, or separation by cutting; as, the section of bodies. [1913 Webster] 2. A part separated from something; a division; a portion; a slice. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) A distinct part or portion of a book or writing; a subdivision of a chapter; the division of a law or other writing; a paragraph; an article; hence, the character [sect], often used to denote such a division. [1913 Webster] It is hardly possible to give a distinct view of his several arguments in distinct sections. --Locke. [1913 Webster] (b) A distinct part of a country or people, community, class, or the like; a part of a territory separated by geographical lines, or of a people considered as distinct. [1913 Webster] The extreme section of one class consists of bigoted dotards, the extreme section of the other consists of shallow and reckless empirics. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] (c) One of the portions, of one square mile each, into which the public lands of the United States are divided; one thirty-sixth part of a township. These sections are subdivided into quarter sections for sale under the homestead and preemption laws. [1913 Webster] 3. (Geom.) The figure made up of all the points common to a superficies and a solid which meet, or to two superficies which meet, or to two lines which meet. In the first case the section is a superficies, in the second a line, and in the third a point. [1913 Webster] 4. (Nat. Hist.) A division of a genus; a group of species separated by some distinction from others of the same genus; -- often indicated by the sign [sect]. [1913 Webster] 5. (Mus.) A part of a musical period, composed of one or more phrases. See Phrase. [1913 Webster] 6. The description or representation of anything as it would appear if cut through by any intersecting plane; depiction of what is beyond a plane passing through, or supposed to pass through, an object, as a building, a machine, a succession of strata; profile. [1913 Webster] Note: In mechanical drawing, as in these Illustrations of a cannon, a longitudinal section (a) usually represents the object as cut through its center lengthwise and vertically; a cross or transverse section (b), as cut crosswise and vertically; and a horizontal section (c), as cut through its center horizontally. Oblique sections are made at various angles. In architecture, a vertical section is a drawing showing the interior, the thickness of the walls, etc., as if made on a vertical plane passed through a building. [1913 Webster] Angular sections (Math.), a branch of analysis which treats of the relations of sines, tangents, etc., of arcs to the sines, tangents, etc., of their multiples or of their parts. [R.] Conic sections. (Geom.) See under Conic. Section liner (Drawing), an instrument to aid in drawing a series of equidistant parallel lines, -- used in representing sections. Thin section, a section or slice, as of mineral, animal, or vegetable substance, thin enough to be transparent, and used for study under the microscope. [1913 Webster] Syn: Part; portion; division. Usage: Section, Part. The English more commonly apply the word section to a part or portion of a body of men; as, a section of the clergy, a small section of the Whigs, etc. In the United States this use is less common, but another use, unknown or but little known in England, is very frequent, as in the phrases "the eastern section of our country," etc., the same sense being also given to the adjective sectional; as, sectional feelings, interests, etc. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

section n 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" [syn: section, 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" [syn: section, 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" [syn: part, section, division] 7: a land unit equal to 1 square mile 8: (geometry) the area created by a plane cutting through a solid [syn: section, plane section] 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" [syn: section, discussion section] 10: a division of an orchestra containing all instruments of the same class 11: a small army unit usually having a special function 12: 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" [syn: department, section] 13: a segment of a citrus fruit; "he ate a section of the orange" 14: the cutting of or into body tissues or organs (especially by a surgeon as part of an operation) [syn: incision, section, surgical incision] v 1: divide into segments; "segment an orange"; "segment a compound word" [syn: segment, section]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

299 Moby Thesaurus words for "section": KP, abscission, adjunct, airspace, allocate, allot, amputation, anacrusis, anastomotic operation, apportion, area, army, army group, article, back matter, bass passage, battalion, battery, battle group, belt, biotype, block, blood, bloodless operation, book, bourdon, bracket, branch, break up, bridge, brigade, burden, butchering, cadence, cadre, capital operation, caste, category, chapter, chopping, chorus, clan, class, clause, cleavage, cleave, clos, close, coda, cohort, column, combat command, combat team, company, compensating operation, component, confines, continental shelf, contingent, corneal transplant, corps, corridor, country, crescent operation, croft, cross section, cut, cut up, cutting, department, detachment, detail, development, dichotomy, district, divide, divide up, division, divvy, divvy up, dole, elective operation, element, emergency operation, enclave, enucleation, environs, estate, excision, exploratory operation, exposition, family, fascicle, fenestration operation, field, field army, field train, figure, file, fission, flying column, folderol, folio, forty, fraction, front matter, garrison, gathering, genotype, genus, grade, ground, group, grouping, harmonic close, head, heading, heart transplant, heartland, hinterland, installment, interlude, intermezzo, interval operation, introductory phrase, item, kidney transplant, kin, kingdom, kitchen police, kraal, label, laceration, land, leg, legion, level, livraison, locality, lot, major operation, maniple, measure, measure out, member, milieu, minor operation, moiety, movement, musical phrase, musical sentence, mutilation, neighborhood, number, offshore rights, operation, order, organ transplant, organ transplantation, organization, ornament, outfit, page, pale, palliative operation, paragraph, parcel, parcel of land, parcel out, part, particular, partition, parts, passage, patch, percentage, period, phalanx, phrase, phylum, piece, pigeonhole, place, plat, platoon, plot, plot of ground, portion, position, posse, precinct, precincts, predicament, premises, purlieus, quad, quadrangle, quadrant, quarter, quota, race, radical operation, random sample, rank, rating, real estate, refrain, regiment, region, remainder, removal, rending, resection, resolution, response, ripping, ritornello, rubric, salient, sample, sampling, scission, sector, segment, sentence, separate, sept, serial, series, set, severance, share, sheet, signature, slashing, slice, slicing, soil, space, species, sphere, split, split up, splitting, squad, squadron, square, stage, stanza, statement, station, status, strain, stratum, subclass, subdivide, subdivision, subfamily, subgenus, subgroup, subkingdom, suborder, subspecies, subtribe, superclass, superfamily, superorder, superspecies, surgery, surgical intervention, surgical operation, surgical technique, tactical unit, tailpiece, task force, tearing, terrain, territory, text, the knife, three-mile limit, title, tract, train, transplant, tribe, troop, tutti, tutti passage, twelve-mile limit, unit, variation, variety, verse, vicinage, vicinity, volume, wing, zone
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Section, AL -- U.S. town in Alabama Population (2000): 769 Housing Units (2000): 352 Land area (2000): 4.581287 sq. miles (11.865478 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 4.581287 sq. miles (11.865478 sq. km) FIPS code: 69000 Located within: Alabama (AL), FIPS 01 Location: 34.578155 N, 85.988114 W ZIP Codes (1990): 35771 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Section, AL Section