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SEC'TION, noun [L. sectio; seco, to cut off.]

1. The act of cutting or of separating by cutting; as the section of the bodies.

2. A part separated from the rest; a division.

3. In books and writings, a distinct part or portion; the subdivision of a chapter; the division of a law or other writing or instrument. In laws, a section is sometimes called a paragraph or article.

4. A distinct part of a city, town, country or people; a part of territory separated by geographecal lines, or of a people considered as distinct. Thus we say, the northern or eastern section of the United States, the middle section, the southern or western section.

5. In geometry, a side or surface of a body or figure cut off by another; or the place where lines, planes, etc. cut each other.