I UK [ˈsekʃ(ə)n] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "section":
singular section plural sections
1) something, or a group of things, that forms part of a larger group
section of:

He condemned the campaign that is being mounted in some sections of the press.

a) a part of a newspaper, book, or other piece of writing that may be considered separately

The story was reported on the front page of the business section.

b) a part of a legal document

The court ruled under section 82 of the Land Registration Act.

c) a part of a road or path

That section of the motorway is closed for repairs.

d) a part of an object

Only two sections of the original walls remain.

e) a part of an orchestra

the brass section

a) an area within a place

The frozen-foods section is in the rear of the shop.

b) mainly American an area in a town or city
section of:

This section of town is mainly residential.

a) a group of people that is part of a larger group
section of:

A large section of the population lives in poverty.

b) a part of an organization
a) medical the process of cutting something during an operation
a) an image that you would see if you cut through something and looked at the flat surface created by cutting

Figure 2 shows a vertical section of the building.

b) science a thin piece cut from an animal or plant and examined

II UK [ˈsekʃ(ə)n] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "section":
present tense I/you/we/they section he/she/it sections present participle sectioning past tense sectioned past participle sectioned
1) to order that someone should be kept in hospital because of a mental problem
a) medical to cut something during an operation
b) science to cut pieces from an animal or plant for scientific examination
Phrasal verbs:

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