Meaning of “section” in the English Dictionary

"section" in English

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uk /ˈsek.ʃən/ us /ˈsek.ʃən/

section noun (PART)

B1 [ C ] one of the parts that something is divided into:

the sports section of the newspaper
the tail section of an aircraft
Does the restaurant have a non-smoking section?
The poorest sections of the community have much worse health.
He was charged under section 17 of the Firearms Act (= according to that part of the law).

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section noun (CUT)

[ C or U ] specialized medical a cut made in part of the body in an operation

[ C ] specialized medical an operation in which a woman's uterus is cut open to allow a baby to be born


[ C ] specialized biology a very thin slice of a part of an animal, plant, or other object made in order to see its structure:

Each section is mounted on a slide and examined under the microscope.

[ C ] specialized architecture, geology, engineering a drawing or model that shows the structure of something by cutting part of it away:

This vertical section of the soil shows four basic soil layers.

[ C ] the shape of a flat surface that is produced when an object is cut into separate pieces

in section

showing what something would look like if the surface was cut away and you could see inside:

The first diagram is a view of the building from the street, and the second shows it in section.

sectionverb [ T ]

uk /ˈsek.ʃən/ us /ˈsek.ʃən/ UK

(Definition of “section” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"section" in American English

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sectionnoun [ C ]

us /ˈsek·ʃən/

a part of something:

Dad always reads the sports section of the newspaper.
He lived in a poor section of town.
You’ll find ice cream in the frozen food section of the supermarket.

sectionverb [ T ]


to divide something into parts:

If the tooth is sectioned lenghtwise, ridges of alternating dark and light rings can be seen.

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(Definition of “section” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"section" in Business English

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sectionnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsekʃən/ us

COMMUNICATIONS one of the parts of a book, newspaper, website, etc. that deals with a particular subject:

The article appeared in the business section of the Sunday Times.
a section on sth The website has a useful section on business law.

LAW one of the parts that a document or law is divided into, each of which has its own number:

under section 2/20, etc. of sth The purchaser could have brought an action against the vendor under section 12 of the Sale of Goods Act.

MANAGEMENT, WORKPLACE one of the parts of an organization:

His section was due to be audited.
the Accounting and Finance Section

(Definition of “section” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)