from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to a mineral that can be cut or severed smoothly by a knife but cannot withstand pulverization.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Capable of being cut.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being cut; specifically (Min.), capable of being severed by the knife with a smooth cut; -- said of minerals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being cut; in mineralogy, noting minerals, as talc, mica, and steatite, which can be cut smoothly by a knife without the particles breaking, crumbling, or flying about; in botany, appearing as if cut into small particles or pieces. Also sective.


Latin sectilis, from sectus, past participle of secāre, to cut; see sek- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin sectilis. (Wiktionary)


  • During the campaign of 2008 the opus sectile floor of the Apodyterium and Frigidarium II of the Roman baths of Sagalassos was already examined.

    Stone Studies « Interactive Dig Sagalassos – City in the Clouds

  • On pietre dure, opus sectile, pictorial stones, and some pretty little pebbles.

    Prunings XXVIII

  • There was no mistaking that painted armor of over-lapping plates or those strange, in-sectile helmets.

    Knife of Dreams

  • The main undertaking was completing the consolidation of frescoes in the Basilica in the former Bouleuterion's courtyard and in the palatial mansion of the Domestic area, but there was also emergency fixing of unstable marble opus sectile slabs recently excavated in the Roman Baths.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Restoration Report 11

  • AD opus sectile floor covering the Frigidarium II and the Apodyterium, which was excavated in 2004, was once again exposed during the first two weeks of the campaign.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Stone

  • As is also the case with the opus sectile floor of the Roman Baths, also the marble wall veneer from this building originates mostly from Dokimeion, while cipollino is the second most frequent stone type used for marble wall veneer in the Frigidarium II, the Apodyterium and the room to the south of the Apodyterium.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Stone

  • These were probably made of marble veneer and marble or opus sectile (shaped tiles of colored marble) slabs, as no fragments of wall plaster or mosaics were found.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Domestic Area Report 6

  • The opus sectile floor covering the frigidarium II and the apodyterium, which was excavated from 2002 to 2004, was once again partially exposed during the first week of the campaign in order to allow Markku Corremans to carry out his doctoral research on imported exotic stones used at Sagalassos.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Roman Baths Report 2

  • View of one of the partially exposed opus sectile floor sections from frigidarium II

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Roman Baths Report 2

  • Plan of the fourth to early fifth century A.D. frigidarium II and apodyterium with their opus sectile floor panels

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Roman Baths Report 2


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