1 /'sekSFn/ noun
1 PLACE/OBJECT (C) one of the parts that something, such as an object or place is divided into
(+ of): The spoons go in the front section of the drawer. | one of the older sections of Philadelphia | Decorate the torte with orange sections. | the back section of the plane
2 GROUP OF PEOPLE (C) a separate group within a larger group of people
(+ of): a large section of the American public | all sections of the community (=everyone in a particular place)
3 ORGANIZATION/INSTITUTION (C) one of the parts of an organization, institution, department etc: all the salespeople in my section | the reference section of the library | brass/woodwind etc section (=the part of an orchestra that plays those instruments)
4 FITTING TOGETHER (C) one of the parts of something that you fit together: You buy the bookcase in sections and assemble it.
5 BOOK/NEWSPAPER/REPORT (C) a separate part of something that is written, such as a book or newspaper: Who has the sports section? | in the final section of this chapter
6 SIDE/TOP VIEW (C, U) a picture that shows what a building, part of the body etc would look like if it were cut from top to bottom or side to side: in section: Here's the outside view, and here are the floors in section.
a) (C, U) a medical operation that involves cutting
b) (C) a very thin flat piece that is cut from skin, a plant etc to be looked at under a microscope
8 PART OF A TOWN (C) AmE a part of a town in the western US that is one mile square
9 MATHEMATICS (C) technical the shape that is made when a solid figure is cut by a flat surface in mathematics: conic sections
—see also: cross­section 2 verb (T) technical
1 to cut a section from skin, a plant, or a shape in mathematics etc
2 to draw a section 1 (6) of something such as a house
3 to cut a part of the body in a medical operation
section sth off phrasal verb (T) to divide an area into parts, by making a dividing line between them: The vegetable plots were sectioned off by a low wall.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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