Meaning of section by Wiktionary Dictionary
Explanation of section by Wordnet Dictionary
- ( UK, US ) IPA: /ˈsɛk.ʃən/, X-SAMPA: /"sEk.S@n/
- Rhymes: -ɛkʃən
- A cutting; a part cut out from the rest of something .
- A part, piece, subdivision of anything .
- A part of a document .
- An act or instance of cutting .
- A cross-section ( image that shows an object as if cut along a plane ).
- ( surgery ) An incision or the act of making an incision .
- ( sciences ) A thin slice of material prepared as a specimen for research .
- ( military ) A group of 10-15 soldiers lead by a non-commissioned officer and forming part of a platoon .
- ( category theory ) A right inverse .
- ( New Zealand ) A piece of residential land usually a quarter of an acre, a plot .
- To cut, divide or separate into pieces .
- ( UK ) To commit, as for mental health reasons. So called after various sections of legal acts regarding mental health.
- 1998, Diana Gittins, Madness in its Place: Narratives of Severalls Hospital, 1913-1997, Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-18388-8, page 45:
- a. 2000, Lucy Johnstone, Users and Abusers of Psychiatry: A Critical Look at Psychiatric Practice, Second Edition, Routledge ( 2000 ), ISBN 978-0-415-21155-0, page xiv:
- 2006, Mairi Colme, A Divine Dance of Madness, Chipmunkapublishing, ISBN 978-1-84747-023-2, page 5:
Explanation of section by Wordnet Dictionary
- he always turns first to the business section
- the history of this work is discussed in the next section
- no section of the nation is more ardent than the South
- there are three synagogues in the Jewish section
- Section 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”.
2. A part separated from something; a division; a portion; a slice. Specifically: --
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 §, often used to denote such a division.
It is hardly possible to give a distinct view of his several arguments in distinct sections. Locke.
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.
The extreme section of one class consists of bigoted dotards, the extreme section of the other consists of shallow and reckless empirics. Macaulay.
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.
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.
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 §.
5. ( Mus. ) A part of a musical period, composed of one or more phrases. See Phrase.
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.
☞ In mechanical drawing, as in these Illustrations of a cannon, a longitudinal section usually represents the object as cut through its center lengthwise and vertically; a cross or transverse section as cut crosswise and vertically; and a horizontal section 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.
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.
Syn. -- Part; portion; division. -- 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.
Definition of section by GCIDE Dictionary