section gang

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section gang

A work crew assigned to a section of railroad track.


(ˈsɛk ʃən)

1. a distinct subdivision of anything, as an object or community.
2. a distinct part or subdivision of a newspaper, legal code, chapter, etc.
3. a part that is cut off or separated.
4. one of a number of parts that can be fitted together to make a whole.
5. one of the 36 subdivisions of a township, being one square mile (2.59 sq. km or 640 acres) in area.
6. an act or instance of cutting; separation by cutting.
a. the making of a surgical incision.
b. the incision itself.
8. a thin slice of a tissue, mineral, or the like, as for microscopic examination.
9. a representation of an object as it would appear if cut by a plane, showing its internal structure.
a. a small military unit consisting of two or more squads.
b. a small tactical division in naval and air units.
11. a length of railroad track, roadbed, signal equipment, etc., maintained by a single crew (section gang).
12. any of two or more trains, buses, or the like, running on the same route and considered as one unit.
13. a segment of a naturally segmented fruit, as an orange.
14. a division of an orchestra or band containing all the instruments of one class.
15. Also called section mark. a mark (§) used to indicate a subdivision of a text or a reference to a footnote.
16. to cut or divide into sections.
17. to cut through so as to show a section.
18. to make a surgical incision.
[1550–60; < Latin sectiō the act of cutting =sec(āre) to cut + -tiō -tion]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.section gang - a work crew assigned to a section of a railroad
work party, crew, gang - an organized group of workmen
section hand - a laborer assigned to a section gang
References in classic literature ?
Section gang laborers-fugitive peons from Mexico--were contributing half their scanty wages.
There is the habit among the African Hill residents of referring to the African Americans of Gasoline Point as "old sawmill quarters niggers, section gang niggers and foggy bottom niggers who didn't come from anywhere but from looking up a mule's ass back in slavery times" (87).

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