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 (sĕk′təl, -tīl′)
Of or relating to a mineral that can be cut or severed smoothly by a knife but cannot withstand pulverization.

[Latin sectilis, from sectus, past participle of secāre, to cut; see sek- in Indo-European roots.]

sec·til′i·ty (-tĭl′ĭ-tē) n.


able to be cut smoothly
[C18: from Latin sectilis, from secāre to cut]
sectility n


(ˈsɛk tɪl)

capable of being cut smoothly with a knife.
[1710–20; < Latin sectilis, derivative of sec(āre) to cut]
sec•til′i•ty, n.
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Also referred to as parchinkari in South Asia, the art originated in the ancient Roman opus sectile technique, later finding its revival and development in the hands of the Florentines during the Italian Renaissance of the 16th century.
33), aunque tambien se usaron otros marmoles blancos--tanto importados como locales (Marquez, 2004: 115)--y policromos, estos principalmente para solerias interiores de opus sectile (Gutierrez, 2007: 100 y ss.
setigero o quillas Columna Apice alado Estigma Antera Bilocular, blanca Polinio 8 (4 en cada loculo), sectile Fuente: los autores.
This was the earliest of the Sicilian churches to be decorated in the style of the Cappella Palatina, Cefalu, and Monreale, the great royal churches with Byzantine mosaics, opus sectile pavements, extravagant use of porphyry, inscriptions in Arabic and Greek, wooden doors and fittings carved in the Fatimid style, stained glass in plaster window grilles with Arabic inscriptions, stonework with ablaq inlaid decoration, and painted wooden panels.
Esta especializacion en mosaicos le llevo a dirigir la Tesis Doctoral de Esther Perez Olmedo sobre "Revestimientos de opus sectile en la Peninsula Iberica" (1990).
The casements at floor level are decorated with opus sectile.
Executed in the opus sectile technique, Tower masterfully merges precision stone placement with evocative imagery.
His use of a brush and knife-highlighting the sectile quality of painting--with acrylic paint signal a technique determined to underscore this fact.