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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.


Synonymssubdivision


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.


Synonymssegment


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.


Synonymsdepartment


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.


Synonymssegment


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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