(Se*cret"ive) a. Tending to secrete, or to keep secret or private; as, a secretive disposition.
1. The quality of being secretive; disposition or tendency to conceal.
2. (Phren.) The faculty or propensity which impels to reserve, secrecy, or concealment.
(Se"cret*ly) adv. In a secret manner.
1. The state or quality of being secret, hid, or concealed.
2. Secretiveness; concealment. Donne.
(Se*cre`to-mo"to*ry) a. (Physiol.) Causing secretion; said of nerves which go to
glands and influence secretion.
(Se*cre"to*ry) a. [Cf. F. sécrétoire. See Secrete.] (Physiol.) Secreting; performing, or connected
with, the office of secretion; secernent; as, secretory vessels, nerves. n. A secretory vessel; a secernent.
(Sect) n. [L. secare, sectum, to cut.] A cutting; a scion. [Obs.] Shak.
(Sect) n. [F. secte, L. secta, fr. sequi to follow; often confused with L. secare, sectum, to cut.
See Sue to follow, and cf. Sept, Suit, n.] Those following a particular leader or authority, or attached
to a certain opinion; a company or set having a common belief or allegiance distinct from others; in religion,
the believers in a particular creed, or upholders of a particular practice; especially, in modern times, a
party dissenting from an established church; a denomination; in philosophy, the disciples of a particular
master; a school; in society and the state, an order, rank, class, or party.
He beareth the sign of poverty,Piers Plowman.
And in that sect our Savior saved all mankind.
As of the sect of which that he was born,Chaucer.
He kept his lay, to which that he was sworn.
The cursed sect of that detestable and false prophet Mohammed.Fabyan.
As concerning this sect [Christians], we know that everywhere it is spoken against.Acts xxviii. 22.
(Sec"tant) n. [L. secare, sectum, to cut.] One of the portions of space bounded by the three
coordinate planes. Specif. (Crystallog.), one of the parts of a crystal into which it is divided by the axial
(Sec*ta"ri*an) a. Pertaining to a sect, or to sects; peculiar to a sect; bigotedly attached to the
tenets and interests of a denomination; as, sectarian principles or prejudices.
(Sec*ta"ri*an), n. One of a sect; a member or adherent of a special school, denomination,
or religious or philosophical party; one of a party in religion which has separated itself from established
church, or which holds tenets different from those of the prevailing denomination in a state.
Syn. See Heretic.
(Sec*ta"ri*an*ism) n. The quality or character of a sectarian; devotion to the interests of a
party; excess of partisan or denominational zeal; adherence to a separate church organization.
(Sec*ta"ri*an*ize) v. t. To imbue with sectarian feelings; to subject to the control of a sect.