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English noun: section

1. section (communication) a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)

SamplesHe always turns first to the business section.
The history of this work is discussed in the next section.


Broader (hypernym)music, piece of writing, writing, written material

Narrower (hyponym)above, article, book, canto, chapter, clause, close, closing, conclusion, development, end, ending, episode, exposition, insert, introduction, lead, lead-in, lede, mezuza, mezuzah, narration, obbligato, obligato, passage, recapitulation, sports section, spot, spot, sura

Domain categorymusic

2. section (object) a very thin slice (of tissue or mineral or other substance) for examination under a microscope

SamplesSections from the left ventricle showed diseased tissue.

Broader (hypernym)slice

Part meronymmicroscope slide, slide

3. section (location) a distinct region or subdivision of a territorial or political area or community or group of people

SamplesNo section of the nation is more ardent than the South.
There are three synagogues in the Jewish section.

Broader (hypernym)area, country

Narrower (hyponym)locality, neck of the woods, neighborhood, neighbourhood, outskirts, vicinity

Instance hyponymForbidden City

4. section (artifact) one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object

SamplesA section of a fishing rod.
Metal sections were used below ground.
Finished the final segment of the road.


Broader (hypernym)part, portion

Narrower (hyponym)bend, curve, dado, leaf, length, straight, straightaway, subdivision, subsection

Part meronymunit, whole

5. section (group) a small team of policemen working as part of a police platoon

Broader (hypernym)squad, team

Part meronymplatoon

6. section (cognition) one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole

SamplesThe written part of the exam.
The finance section of the company.
The BBC's engineering division.

Synonymsdivision, part

Broader (hypernym)concept, conception, construct

Narrower (hyponym)beginning, bout, chukka, chukker, component, constituent, element, end, factor, final period, first period, frame, frame, game, half, high point, ingredient, inning, middle, over, period, quarter, round, second period, turn

Part meronymwhole

7. section (quantity) a land unit equal to 1 square mile

Broader (hypernym)square mile

8. section (location) (geometry) the area created by a plane cutting through a solid

Synonymsplane section

Broader (hypernym)area, expanse, surface area

Narrower (hyponym)cross section

Domain categorygeometry

9. section (group) a small class of students who are part of a larger course but are taught separately

SamplesA graduate student taught sections for the professor's lecture course.

Synonymsdiscussion section

Broader (hypernym)class, course, form, grade

10. section (group) a division of an orchestra containing all instruments of the same class

Broader (hypernym)musical group, musical organisation, musical organization

Narrower (hyponym)brass, brass section, percussion, percussion section, reed section, rhythm section, string section, strings

Part meronymband, orchestra

11. section (group) a small army unit usually having a special function

Broader (hypernym)army unit

12. section (group) a specialized division of a large organization

SamplesYou'll find it in the hardware department.
She got a job in the historical section of the Treasury.


Broader (hypernym)division

Narrower (hyponym)academic department, business department, government department, payroll, payroll department, personnel, personnel department, personnel office, security, security department, staff office

13. section (food) a segment of a citrus fruit

SamplesHe ate a section of the orange.

Broader (hypernym)segment

Part meronymcitrous fruit, citrus, citrus fruit

14. section (act) the cutting of or into body tissues or organs (especially by a surgeon as part of an operation)

Synonymsincision, surgical incision

Broader (hypernym)cut, cutting

Narrower (hyponym)gastromy, laparotomy, nephrotomy, orchotomy, perineotomy, phlebotomy, sclerotomy, thoracotomy, valvotomy, valvulotomy, vasosection, vasotomy, venesection

Part meronymoperation, surgery, surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process

English verb: section

1. section (contact) divide into segments

SamplesSegment an orange.
Segment a compound word.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)divide, part, separate

Narrower (hyponym)quarter, syllabicate, syllabify, syllabise, syllabize

Verb groupsegment

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