[sek-shuh n] /ˈsɛk ʃən/
a part that is cut off or separated.
a distinct part or subdivision of anything, as an object, country, community, class, or the like:
the poor section of town; the left section of a drawer.
a distinct part or subdivision of a writing, as of a newspaper, legal code, chapter, etc.:
the financial section of a daily paper; section 2 of the bylaws.
one of a number of parts that can be fitted together to make a whole:
sections of a fishing rod.
(in most of the U.S. west of Ohio) one of the 36 numbered subdivisions, each one square mile (2.59 sq. km or 640 acres), of a township.
an act or instance of cutting; separation by cutting.
a thin slice of a tissue, mineral, or the like, as for microscopic examination.
a representation of an object as it would appear if cut by a plane, showing its internal structure.
any of two or more trains, buses, or the like, running on the same route and schedule at the same time, one right behind the other, and considered as one unit, as when a second is necessary to accommodate more passengers than the first can carry:
On holidays the New York to Boston train runs in three sections.
a segment of a naturally segmented fruit, as of an orange or grapefruit.
a division of an orchestra or band containing all the instruments of one class:
a rhythm section.
Bookbinding. (def 8).
Also called section mark. a mark used to indicate a subdivision of a book, chapter, or the like, or as a mark of reference to a footnote.
Theater. one of a series of circuits for controlling certain lights, as footlights.
verb (used with object)
to cut or divide into sections.
to cut through so as to present a section.
Surgery. to make an incision.
(engineering) a scale drawing of a section through a symmetrical object that shows only half the object
a part cut off or separated from the main body of something
a part or subdivision of a piece of writing, book, etc: the sports section of the newspaper
one of several component parts
a distinct part or subdivision of a country, community, etc
(US & Canadian) an area one mile square (640 acres) in a public survey, esp in the western parts of the US and Canada
(NZ) a plot of land for building on, esp in a suburban area
the section of a railway track that is maintained by a single crew or is controlled by a particular signal box
the act or process of cutting or separating by cutting
a representation of a portion of a building or object exposed when cut by an imaginary vertical plane so as to show its construction and interior
(surgery) any procedure involving the cutting or division of an organ, structure, or part, such as a Caesarian section
a thin slice of biological tissue, mineral, etc, prepared for examination by a microscope
a segment of an orange or other citrus fruit
a small military formation, typically comprising two or more squads or aircraft
(Austral & NZ) a fare stage on a bus, tram, etc
Also called signature, gathering, gather, quire. a folded printing sheet or sheets ready for gathering and binding
to cut or divide into sections
to cut through so as to reveal a section
(in drawing, esp mechanical drawing) to shade so as to indicate sections
(surgery) to cut or divide (an organ, structure, or part)
(Brit, social welfare) to have (a mentally disturbed person) confined in a mental hospital under an appropriate section of the mental health legislation
late 14c., “intersection of two straight lines; division of a scale;” from Old French section or directly from Latin sectionem (nominative sectio) “a cutting, cutting off, division,” noun of action from past participle stem of secare “to cut,” from PIE root *sek- “to cut” (cf. Old Church Slavonic seko, sešti “to cut,” se čivo “ax, hatchet;” Lithuanian isekti “to engrave, carve;” Albanian šate “mattock;” Old Saxon segasna, Old English sigðe “scythe;” Old English secg “sword,” seax “knife, short sword;” Old Irish doescim “I cut;” Latin saxum “rock, stone”).
From 1550s as “act of cutting or dividing.” Meaning “subdivision of a written work, statute, etc.” is from 1570s. Meaning “a part cut off from the rest” is from early 15c.
“divide into sections,” 1819, from section (n.). Related: Sectioned; sectioning.
section sec·tion (sěk’shən)
v. sec·tioned, sec·tion·ing, sec·tions
[seer-ee-uh s] /ˈsɪər i əs/ adjective 1. of, showing, or characterized by deep thought. 2. of grave or somber disposition, character, or manner: a serious occasion; a serious man. 3. being in earnest; sincere; not trifling: His interest was serious. 4. requiring thought, concentration, or application: serious reading; a serious task. 5. weighty or important: […]
[haf-shair, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈʃɛər, ˈhɑf-/ noun 1. a share, as in profits, equal to one half. 2. a claim to half the income from a share of stock.
noun 1. either of the halves of a double-shelled creature, as of an oyster, clam, or other bivalve mollusk.
adjective Drunk; half-drunk: when they were half shot with beer (1837+)