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Section appears in the following tongue twister:

  • shoe section

Usage statistics for the noun section:

spoken English30.03%written English69.97% conversational speech14.44%task-oriented speech85.56% imaginative writing13.33%informational writing86.67%
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Section is sometimes a misspelling of sections.

The word section and its family (sectioned, sectioning, sections) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun section

What does section mean as a name of something?

Section is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: sections

  1. a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)
    • examples: he always turns first to the business section | the history of this work is discussed in the next section
    • domain: music
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of section: subdivision
    • more generic terms: piece of writing / writing / written material = the work of a writer; music = an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
    • more specific terms:
      • lead-in / lead / lede = the introductory section of a story
      • canto = a major division of a long poem
      • above = an earlier section of a written text
      • sports section = the section of a newspaper that reports on sports
      • article / clause = a separate section of a legal document
      • book = a major division of a long written composition
      • chapter = a subdivision of a written work
      • episode = a brief section of a literary or dramatic work that forms part of a connected series
      • spot = a section of an entertainment that is assigned to a specific performer or performance
      • spot = a short section or illustration (as between radio or tv programs or in a magazine) that is often used for advertising
      • insert = a folded section placed between the leaves of another publication
      • introduction = the first section of a communication
      • narration = the second section of an oration in which the facts are set forth
      • conclusion / closing / ending / close / end = the last section of a communication
      • passage = a section of text
      • mezuzah / mezuza = religious texts from Deuteronomy inscribed on parchment and rolled up in a case that is attached to the doorframe of many Jewish households in accordance with Jewish law
      • sura = one of the sections (or chapters) in the Koran
      • exposition = the section of a movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes first occur
      • obbligato / obligato = a part of the score that must be performed without change or omission
      • recapitulation = the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) in which musical themes that were introduced earlier are repeated
      • development = the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated
  2. a very thin slice (of tissue or mineral or other substance) for examination under a microscope
    • example: sections from the left ventricle showed diseased tissue
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic word: slice = a thin flat piece cut off of some object
    • part of: microscope slide / slide = a small flat rectangular piece of glass on which specimens can be mounted for microscopic study
  3. a distinct region or subdivision of a territorial or political area or community or group of people
    • examples: no section of the nation is more ardent than the South | there are three synagogues in the Jewish section
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • more generic words: area / country = a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary
    • more specific terms:
    • instance: Forbidden City = a walled section of Beijing that encloses the palace that was formerly the residence of the emperor of China
  4. one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object
    • examples: a section of a fishing rod | metal sections were used below ground
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of section: segment
    • more generic words: part / portion = something less than the whole of a human artifact
    • more specific words:
      • curve / bend = curved segment
      • dado = the section of a pedestal between the base and the surbase
      • leaf = hinged or detachable flat section
      • length = a section of something that is long and narrow
      • straightaway / straight = a straight segment of a roadway or racecourse
      • subdivision / subsection = a section of a section; a part of a part
    • part of: unit / whole = an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity
  5. a small team of policemen working as part of a police platoon
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic words: squad / team = a cooperative unit
    • part of: platoon = a team of policemen working under the military platoon system
  6. one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
    • example: the finance section of the company
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of section: division / part
    • more generic words: concept / conception / construct = an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
    • more specific terms:
      • frame = one of the ten divisions into which bowling is divided
      • beginning = the first part or section of something
      • middle = an intermediate part or section
      • end = a final part or section
      • high point = the most enjoyable part of a given experience
      • constituent / ingredient / component / element / factor = an abstract part of something
      • chukker / chukka = one of six divisions into which a polo match is divided
      • inning / frame = one of nine divisions of play during which each team has a turn at bat
      • game = a division of play during which one player serves
      • round / bout / turn = a division during which one team is on the offensive
      • first period = the first division into which the play of a game is divided
      • second period = the second division into which the play of a game is divided
      • final period = the final division into which the play of a game is divided
      • half = one of two divisions into which some games or performances are divided: the two divisions are separated by an interval
      • period = one of three divisions into which play is divided in hockey games
      • quarter = one of four divisions into which some games are divided
      • over = the division of play during which six balls are bowled at the batsman by one player from the other team from the same end of the pitch
    • part of: whole = all of something including all its component elements or parts
  7. a land unit equal to 1 square mile
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic term: square mile = an area of 640 acres
  8. (geometry) the area created by a plane cutting through a solid
    • domain: geometry
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonym of section: plane section
    • more generic terms: area / expanse / surface area = the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary
    • more specific term: cross section = a section created by a plane cutting a solid perpendicular to its longest axis
  9. a small class of students who are part of a larger course but are taught separately
    • example: a graduate student taught sections for the professor's lecture course
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of section: discussion section
    • more generic words: class / course / form / grade = a body of students who are taught together
  10. a division of an orchestra containing all instruments of the same class
  11. a small army unit usually having a special function
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic term: army unit = a military unit that is part of an army
  12. a specialized division of a large organization
  13. a segment of a citrus fruit
    • example: he ate a section of the orange
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • more generic word: segment = one of the parts into which something naturally divides
    • part of: citrous fruit / citrus / citrus fruit = any of numerous fruits of the genus Citrus having thick rind and juicy pulp
  14. the cutting of or into body tissues or organs (especially by a surgeon as part of an operation)

Alternative definition of the noun section


  1. A cutting; a part cut out from the rest of something.
  2. A part, piece, subdivision of anything.
  3. A part of a document.
  4. An act or instance of cutting.
  5. A cross-section (image that shows an object as if cut along a plane).
  6. [surgery] An incision or the act of making an incision.
  7. [science] A thin slice of material prepared as a specimen for research.
  8. [military] A group of 10-15 soldiers lead by a non-commissioned officer and forming part of a platoon.

Definition of the verb section

What does section mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: sectioned | sectioning | sections

  1. divide into segments

Alternative definition of the verb section


  1. To cut, divide or separate into pieces.
  2. [British] To commit, as for mental health reasons. [So called after various sections of legal acts regarding mental health.]

Phrases with Section

Phrases starting with the word Section:

  1. Section 8
  2. Section As
  3. section man
  4. section gang
  5. section hand
  6. Section sign
  7. section eight

Phrases ending with the word Section:

  1. c-section
  2. to section
  3. File Section
  4. reed section
  5. brass section
  6. conic section
  7. cross section
  8. cross-section
  9. plane section
  10. golden section
  11. rhythm section
  12. sports section
  13. string section

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Section

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Google previewAnnual Report (1912)

by New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station

The second section is a small swampy place which is located near Miller's coal yard. This is a pipiens and Anopheles breeding place and should be filled. Oil co\ ild be used as a palliative. The third section is the brook which runs down on the ...

Google previewFE Electrical and Computer Review Manual (2015)

by Michael R. Lindeburg, PE

CONIC SECTIONS A conic section is any of several kinds of curves that can be produced by passing a plane through a cone as...

If A61⁄4C, then if • B2À4AC<0, the conic section is an ellipse • B2À4AC>0, the conic section is a hyperbola ...

Google previewDisciplines, Disasters and Emergency Management (2007)

The Convergence and Divergence of Concepts, Issues and Trends from the Research Literature by David A. McEntire

The first section is a survey of disasters that are caused or influenced by meteorological processes.

The fourth section is the majority of the paper and reviews the major types of weather events that might require an emergency response.

Google previewWhat Makes Love True? (2016)

by Dr. Michael Dr. Michael Herbert

The first section is the defining point. The second...

Google previewSeminaire de Probabilites XXXIV (2007)

by J. Azema, M. Emery, M. Ledoux, M. Yor

sectionwise on subsets of X x P(X) or X x P(H). Thus if T is a gambling house on X, then sco T is the gambling house whose a section is the strong convex hull of T(w); or if ...

Google previewGenesis to Revelation: A Taste of the Entire Bible

by Stephen J. Bedard

The first section is the Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy). The second section is the Prophets, consisting of the Former Prophets (Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings) and the Latter Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, ...

Google previewDesign Drawing (2013)

by Francis D. K. Ching, Steven P. Juroszek

A section is an orthographic projection of an object as it would appear if cut through by an intersecting plane.

however, thebuilding section is the premier drawingfor studying andrevealing thevitalsolidvoid relationship between the floors, ...

Google previewUniversal Technological Dictionary (1823)

Or, Familiar Explanations of the Terms Used in All Arts and Sciences by George Crabb

The section is an ellipse which cuts, the cone obliquely through both sides, or when the plane is inclined to the base in a less angle than the side of the cone, as D A B, fig. 5. Fig. 4. V Fig. 5. Parabola. The section is a parabola when the cone is ...

Google previewThe Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America (1999)

Product finishing section means the equipment that treats, shapes, or modifies the polymer or resin to produce the finished end product of the particular facility, including equipment ...

Google previewGender and Conversational Interaction (1993)

by Deborah Tannen

The first section is a survey of gender socialization in childhood through language socialization by adults and peers. Gender differences in dispute management are also discussed. The second section is a description of two frameworks for ...

Google previewPantologia (1813)

A New Cyclopaedia, Comprehending a Complete Series of Essays, Treatises, and Systems, Alphabetically Arranged; with a General Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and Words ... Illustrated with Engravings, Those on History Being from Original Drawings by Edwards and Others ... by John Mason Good, Olinthus Gregory, Newton Bosworth

The section is a parabola when the cone is cut by a plane parallel to the side; or, when the cutting plane and the side of the cone make equal angles with the base . 4. The section is an ellipse, when the cone is cut obliquely through both sides, ...

Google previewThe International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (2015)

by Orr, James

Theft, Burglary, Robbery The next sections (section symbol, section symbol 6-25) occupy themselves with serious theft, burglary, robbery and other crimes of a like nature. Theft from palace or temple, or the receiving and concealing of stolen ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

SECTION 1902 (A)(1) providers, and the statewide application of the program. Health...

SECTION 1902 (A)(1): Section of the Social Security Act that provides state Medicaid programs in all political subdivisions of the state. SECTION ...



Chapter: Chapter 1—Introductory Documents: Sub- section (ii)—Torts Committed in the Course of Performance ofa Contract Chitty on Contracts 30th Ed. Chapter: Chapter 6—Misrepresentation Documents: ...

Google previewInternational Radio Tube Encyclopaedia (1958)

by B.B. Babani

TUBE R r CURRENT REGULATOR Es : ELEcTnOs'raTrc S : SHORT (Section 8) : F ° HEPTODE S : TWIN Gurn anonn «Fw : FULL Wave: RECTIFIER SIL : SILch Fw-M: FULL Wavre MERCURY Енота SIM : SHORT-[MEDIUM (Section 8) d: ...

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Usage statistics about section

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun section:

spoken English30.03%written English69.97% conversational speech14.44%task-oriented speech85.56% imaginative writing13.33%informational writing86.67%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun section:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb section:


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Quotes about Section

To look at the cross-section of any plan of a big city is to look at something like the section of a fibrous tumor. (Frank Lloyd Wright)
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Scrabble value of S1E1C3T1I1O1N1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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