Definition of sectional in English:



  • 1Relating to a section or subdivision of a larger whole.

    ‘a sectional championship’
    • ‘Lincoln had been the girls sectional champion for as long as Amie could remember.’
    • ‘Bryan also officiates at the Speedo Championship sectional Series as well as the Central Zone Championships.’
    • ‘Reynolds was the sectional individual winner while the Division One winner was Moore.’
    • ‘Most of the top times came from California, which held several sectional championships.’
    • ‘He added that to approach the scheme on a piecemeal sectional basis would be unacceptable and would prolong the uncertainty.’
    • ‘Local qualifying at more than 100 sites begins May 12, while sectional qualifying at 13 sites is from June 7-8.’
    • ‘It has since developed a programme which includes a regular schedule of rehearsals, sectional workshops and concerts.’
    • ‘Lismore's Kane Webber shot a 68 in the first round of sectional qualifying for the US Open at the Buffalo Run Golf Club on May 12.’
    • ‘Five sectional finals have been organised in each age group.’
    • ‘She has just been told that, on top of this load, she is now expected to cover for a sectional typist who is going on six weeks leave.’
    • ‘Rather than a California high school state championship, several sectional meets were held throughout the state to wrap up the 2002-03 high school season.’
    • ‘I believe the sectional format, which consisted mainly of groups of four, used years ago, should be reintroduced and the competition played at the start of the season.’
    • ‘At the sectional meet in November, the top four move on to the national competition.’
    • ‘The ownership of shop, office and flat units in the original Maerua Park is held by the way of sectional title.’
    • ‘A starting field of more than 600 players will be reduced to 160 at the 18-hole sectional tournaments, which also will crown individual section champions.’
    • ‘Earlier, he coached the girl's basketball team to three titles and two sectional championships, and also served as assistant coach for boys' basketball and football.’
    • ‘The sectional championship program will provide a niche and serve a purpose for a broader range of individuals and teams.’
    • ‘Fast and quiet, with sectional solos and occasional shouts, it sounded to me like the depiction of a rather eventful ride on a four-legged animal.’
    • ‘On 14-over par, she was a few too many to make the cut, but it was still a remarkable performance by the youngster who was only 12 when she led a sectional qualifier last month.’
    • ‘In the 5th and final round of the sectional play-offs in the women's bowling championships in Port Elizabeth today, they beat East London Club by 19 shots to 15.’
    1. 1.1Relating to a section or group within a community.
      ‘the chairman of the commission looked on sectional interests as a danger to the common good’
      • ‘The core of work in higher education cannot be sacrificed for individual or sectional interests.’
      • ‘Groups representing sectional business interests presently lead the ongoing fuel protests.’
      • ‘I have been thinking a lot about sectional interests and the way they mesh and clash within our society.’
      • ‘The election campaign has highlighted the fracturing of Fijian politics and government institutions along racial, regional and sectional lines.’
      • ‘But in the parliament in August, the only opposition came from parties that represent sectional and regional interests.’
      • ‘This aspect would be as bad if the sectional opinion the bishops happened to hold was in perfect agreement with mine.’
      • ‘We on the left must learn to make sectional alliances and commemorate those areas of agreement we have with people like John Paul II.’
      • ‘If the Green leadership were not so inward-looking, so sectional and party-minded, a coalition could have made a much more dramatic impact on the elections.’
      • ‘Marx, writing as a journalist observing the American civil war, analyses it flatly as a sectional conflict between Northern industrialism and Southern slave oligarchy.’
      • ‘The left is always warning us about the cynical vested interests of the military industrial complex allegedly manipulating public policy for their sectional gain.’
      • ‘Since Southerners stopped fighting the Civil War and joined their conservative brethren in the GOP, sectional differences have become meaningless in America.’
      • ‘What I resent is that they do want to impose their views on the rest of us, using the government (our common government) for this sectional purpose.’
      • ‘That does not mean that slavery was irrelevant or insignificant, but without an understanding of the sectional power relationships at stake we can be led to overstate its importance.’
      • ‘Some eight years down the road, it is important that vocal sectional interests do not blind the community to reforms that are in the public interest.’
      • ‘Recent large demonstrations featured coalitions, such as that formed by farmers, hauliers and hunt supporters, that were largely sectional and self-interested in their nature.’
      • ‘And there were also economic issues that fueled this sectional animosity to an even greater degree.’
      • ‘Many different languages were spoken, and a multitude of sectional hatreds were combined in troubled cacophony.’
      • ‘They shelter the businesses due to sectional protectionism, which in turn has slowed down our implementations.’
      • ‘We come from Lismore's urban, village, and rural areas and do not represent any party, business or sectional interest.’
      • ‘Here in Korea, bias can be a big factor since there is sectional bias.’
      individual, group, separate, divided, special, personal, private, exclusive, local, provincial, regional, national, sectarian, factional, party, party political, class, racial, partisan, partial, selfish
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    2. 1.2Relating to a view of the structure of an object in section.
      ‘sectional drawings’
      • ‘Bruneau dedicated a much more detailed study to the building, providing an accurate plan, sectional drawings, and an epigraphic register.’
      • ‘The collection here includes some superb Adam elevations and sectional drawings.’
      • ‘There will be working models and sectional views to explain how important it is to conserve and tap rainwater.’
      • ‘This flagellate is surrounded by fungal hyphae (thin arrows), which appear in different sectional planes each as a bright central core with surrounding halo.’
      • ‘A follow-up CT scan of the chest 6 months later included sectional views of the upper abdomen and showed an abnormality in the pancreas.’
      • ‘The sectional drawing speaks for itself: floating over the harbour, the entire volume is hooked to the cliff by the bridge.’
      • ‘With existing cameras, he explained, he could make only a series of sectional views and piece them together.’
      • ‘I drew for him a sectional view of the area, indicating the staircase and plaza above.’
      • ‘When the ideas have borne their full fruit, algebra will appear like a sectional model of the whole form of thought.’
      • ‘This illustration attempts to show a sectional front view of the hip injury in an advanced state of osteroarthritis.’
      • ‘Lightweight technology is applied to commands such as dimensioning, mating, components insertion, interference detection, and sectional views.’
      • ‘He was interested in the picture showing drivers receiving instruction on a sectional model of an Austin chassis.’
      • ‘This was a blown - up photocopy of the relevant portion of a sectional drawing of the relevant part of the HTV appliance.’
      • ‘Since 1911, several authors have published texts of sectional anatomy and have been successful, in varying degrees, in accomplishing their objectives.’
      • ‘By stacking the sectional images, they can create a top-to-bottom movie showing structural and cellular details throughout the scaffold's volume.’
    3. 1.3Made or supplied in sections.
      ‘sectional sills, made from more than one piece of timber’
      • ‘Finally, a student named Ben was selling a sectional couch in the classifieds section.’
      • ‘The buildings have one thing in common - they are sectional title buildings.’
      • ‘The project saw the aging clubhouse replaced by a sectional timber building.’
      • ‘Families have a permanent base to park their caravans or erect sectional buildings.’


North American
  • A sofa made in sections that can be used separately as chairs.

    • ‘Meanwhile, cowering on the leather sectionals, bewildered parents plead to the camera for a nanny intervention.’
    • ‘Admitting one into your living room will suck the life force from your leather sectional, fireplace, and Pre-Raphaelite art pieces.’
    • ‘Niccy led me into the living room and sat down on our red sectional.’
    • ‘Water view, gorgeous sectional, dining room, the works.’
    • ‘Pair them in a corner to create an L-shaped sectional.’