(Sec"ta*rism), n. Sectarianism. [Obs.]
(Sec"ta*rist) n. A sectary. [R.] T. Warton.
(Sec"ta*ry) n.;pl. Sectaries [F. sectaire. See Sect.] A sectarian; a member or adherent of
a sect; a follower or disciple of some particular teacher in philosophy or religion; one who separates from
an established church; a dissenter.
I never knew that time in England when men of truest religion were not counted sectaries.Milton.
(Sec*ta"tor) n. [L., fr. sectari, v. intens. fr. sequi to follow. See Sue to follow.] A follower; a
disciple; an adherent to a sect. [Obs.] Sir W. Raleigh.
(Sec"tile) a. [L. sectilis, fr. secare, sectum, to cut: cf. F. sectile. See Section.] Capable of
being cut; specifically (Min.), capable of being severed by the knife with a smooth cut; said of minerals.
(Sec*til"i*ty) n. The state or quality of being sectile.
(Sec"tion) n. [L. sectio, fr. secare, sectum, to cut; akin to E. saw a cutting instrument: cf. F.
section. See Saw, and cf. Scion, Dissect, Insect, Secant, Segment.]
1. The act of cutting, or separation by cutting; as, the section of bodies.
2. A part separated from something; a division; a portion; a slice. Specifically:
(a) A distinct part or portion of a book or writing; a subdivision of a chapter; the division of a law or other
writing; a paragraph; an article; hence, the character §, often used to denote such a division.
It is hardly possible to give a distinct view of his several arguments in distinct sections.Locke.
(b) A distinct part of a country or people, community, class, or the like; a part of a territory separated by
geographical lines, or of a people considered as distinct.
The extreme section of one class consists of bigoted dotards, the extreme section of the other consists
of shallow and reckless empirics.Macaulay.
(c) One of the portions, of one square mile each, into which the public lands of the United States are
divided; one thirty-sixth part of a township. These sections are subdivided into quarter sections for sale
under the homestead and preëmption laws.
3. (Geom.) The figure made up of all the points common to a superficies and a solid which meet, or to
two superficies which meet, or to two lines which meet. In the first case the section is a superficies, in
the second a line, and in the third a point.
4. (Nat. Hist.) A division of a genus; a group of species separated by some distinction from others of
the same genus; often indicated by the sign §.
5. (Mus.) A part of a musical period, composed of one or more phrases. See Phrase.
6. The description or representation of anything as it would appear if cut through by any intersecting
plane; depiction of what is beyond a plane passing through, or supposed to pass through, an object, as a
building, a machine, a succession of strata; profile.
In mechanical drawing, as in these Illustrations of a cannon, a longitudinal section (a) usually represents
the object as cut through its center lengthwise and vertically; a cross or transverse section as cut crosswise
and vertically; and a horizontal section as cut through its center horizontally. Oblique sections are made