I think that my question can best be explained by an example: In the following Wikipedia entry (I hope "entry" is the right term), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Herring, there are multiple "sections" or "chunks" referred to as "contents" in the page:


I highlighted a single such "content" with a green border to show that it's not really a paragraph, because it can be comprised of multiple paragraphs.

On the other hand, I don't feel calling it a "section" is right because sections are usually much longer (as in a book or newspaper).

The title above it is simple: "title" or "heading" but what about the content chunk itself? What is the correct or clearest term for that?

  • +1 just so you can post the image... you can always just post the link though. :-) – Noldorin Sep 2 '11 at 16:12
  • @Noldorin I did post the link but sometimes a snapshot with colorful highlight makes things clearer. I would have voted you up but I don't have enough points even for that. At least I will be accepting your answer. :) Thanks! – Eternal Learner Sep 2 '11 at 17:11
  • Sorry, I meant the link to the actual image (as well as the page)... to whatever image site you were hosting on. – Noldorin Sep 2 '11 at 18:37

Wikipedia officially calls them sections (as can be identified from the tool-tip text of the 'Edit' links by the headers). It's a pretty generic word in any case, so feel free to use it here.

The entirety of the page of the page can be called a (Wikipedia) entry (as you suggest), article, or indeed page. They are all roughly synonymous in this case.

  • Indeed, it appears that "section" is what Wikipedia call that "chunk". I am open for additional suggestions. – Eternal Learner Sep 2 '11 at 17:13
  • Yeah, and if I came across the term, I would consider it perfectly normal. :-) Calling it a "part" or "division" would also be acceptable in my view. Glad it helped, anyway. – Noldorin Sep 2 '11 at 18:38

If you're not happy with Wikipedia's own term, section, you might prefer segment.

  • What's wrong with "chapter"? – Nemo Nov 18 '15 at 17:05
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    @Nemo - Given that the OP's objection to 'section' was "On the other hand, I don't feel calling it a "section" is right because sections are usually much longer (as in a book or newspaper)", I think you can figure out the answer to your own question. – Erik Kowal Nov 19 '15 at 1:06

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