Definition of section noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsekʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsekʃn//
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  1. 1  [countable] any of the parts into which something is divided That section of the road is still closed. The library has a large biology section. the tail section of the plane
  2. 2  [countable] a separate part of a structure from which the whole can be put together The shed comes in sections that you assemble yourself.
  3. of document/book
  4. 3  [countable] a separate part of a document, book, etc. These issues will be discussed more fully in the next section. the sports section of the newspaper The report has a section on accidents at work.
  5. group of people
  6. 4  [countable] a separate group within a larger group of people an issue that will affect large sections of the population the brass section of an orchestra see also rhythm section
  7. of organization
  8. 5[countable] a department in an organization, institution, etc. synonym division He's the director of the finance section. the section of the company dealing with customer services
  9. district
  10. 6[countable] (North American English) a district of a town, city or county the Dorchester section of Boston one of the city’s most affluent sections
  11. measurement
  12. 7[countable] (North American English) a measure of land, equal to one square mile
  13. diagram
  14. 8[countable] a drawing or diagram of something as it would look if it were cut from top to bottom or from one side to the other The illustration shows a section through a leaf. The architect drew the house in section. see also cross section
  15. medical
  16. 9 [countable, uncountable] (medical) the act of cutting or separating something in an operation The surgeon performed a section (= made a cut) on the vein. see also caesarean
  17. 10 [countable] (medical, biology) a very thin flat piece cut from body tissue to be looked at under a microscope to examine a section from the kidney
  18. Word Originlate Middle English (as a noun): from French section or Latin sectio(n-), from secare ‘to cut’. The verb dates from the early 19th cent.Extra examples He works in the embassy’s political section. I skipped the section on garden design. Large sections of the forest have been destroyed by acid rain. The book is divided into chapters, sections and sub-sections. The case was the first prosecution under Section 3A of the Road Traffic Act 1988. The new edition of the dictionary adds a section on phrasal verbs. The table comes in sections. You’ll find the book in the music section. a long section of roadway an area populated largely by the poorer sections of society Can you pass me the sports section? He’s the director of the finance section. Section 3 applies to clauses which restrict liability. The completed forms are passed to the personnel section for verification. Which section of the company are you working in?
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: section