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section

sec·tion

section

 
 
pronunciation:
sek shn
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: any part of a whole, or a part that is separated from it or regarded as distinct from the whole.
The mysteries are in the top section of the bookcase.Most of the restaurants are in this section of town.Put a scoop of ice cream on the plate with each section of cake.We practiced that section of the song over and over.
synonyms:
division, part, piece, portion, segment
similar words:
district, fraction, fragment, length
definition 2: a division of something written, such as a book, newspaper, or article.
I only read the front section of the newspaper.I asked our lawyer about this section of the contract.
synonyms:
part
similar words:
clause, division
definition 3: one of several parts that can be assembled to make a whole.
The frame comes in sections and will need to be assembled.
synonyms:
component
similar words:
division, portion
definition 4: in medicine, an incision or cut made for surgical or research purposes.
The baby was delivered by Caesarean section.
synonyms:
incision
definition 5: the view of an object as if cut through with a straight blade.
We looked at a cross section of a plant stem under the microscope.
synonyms:
cross section
definition 6: a division of a staff.
She works in the intelligence section.
synonyms:
department, division
definition 7: a division of an orchestra.
The trumpet section was a little too loud.
definition 8: in the western United States, a unit of area that constitutes one thirty-sixth of the land area of a township; one square mile or 640 acres.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: sectioned, sectioning, sections
definition: to cut, divide, or separate into sections.
She sectioned the apples into quarters.
synonyms:
cut, divide
similar words:
break, fraction, halve, part, partition, portion, quarter, segment, separate, slice
Word Parts
The word section contains the following parts:
sect Latin root that means to cut
-ion Latin noun-forming suffix that means the act, process, or result of
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The suffix -ion attaches to bases that are Latin verb stems ending in s or t.