section

section
sec•tion
[[t]ˈsɛk ʃən[/t]] n.
1) a distinct subdivision of anything, as an object or community
2) a distinct part or subdivision of a newspaper, legal code, chapter, etc
3) a part that is cut off or separated
4) one of a number of parts that can be fitted together to make a whole
5) gov one of the 36 subdivisions of a township, being one square mile (2.59 sq. km or 640 acres) in area
6) an act or instance of cutting; separation by cutting
7) srg
a) the making of a surgical incision
b) the incision itself
8) lab med a thin slice of a tissue, mineral, or the like, as for microscopic examination
9) a representation of an object as it would appear if cut by a plane, showing its internal structure
10)
a) mil a small military unit consisting of two or more squads
b) mil a small tactical division in naval and air units
11) rai a length of railroad track, roadbed, signal equipment, etc., maintained by a single crew
(section gang).
12) rai trs any of two or more trains, buses, or the like, running on the same route and considered as one unit
13) a segment of a naturally segmented fruit, as an orange
14) mad a division of an orchestra or band containing all the instruments of one class
15) Also called section mark
a mark (§) used to indicate a subdivision of a text or a reference to a footnote.
16) to cut or divide into sections
17) to cut through so as to show a section
18) srg to make a surgical incision
Etymology: 1550–60; < L sectiō the act of cutting =sec(āre) to cut +-tiō -tion

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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