Dictionary

division

noun di·vi·sion \də-ˈvi-zhən\

: the act or process of dividing something into parts : the way that something is divided

: something that physically divides or separates something else

mathematics : the process of finding out how many times one number is contained in another

Full Definition of DIVISION

1
a :  the act or process of dividing :  the state of being divided
b :  the act, process, or an instance of distributing among a number :  distribution
c obsolete :  a method of arranging or disposing (as troops)
2
:  one of the parts or groupings into which a whole is divided or is divisible
3
:  the condition or an instance of being divided in opinion or interest :  disagreement, disunity <exploited the divisions between the two countries>
4
a :  something that divides, separates, or marks off
b :  the act, process, or an instance of separating or keeping apart :  separation
5
:  the mathematical operation of dividing something
6
a :  a self-contained major military unit capable of independent action
b :  a tactical military unit composed of headquarters and usually three to five brigades
c (1) :  the basic naval administrative unit
(2) :  a tactical subdivision of a squadron of ships
d :  a unit of the United States Air Force higher than a wing and lower than an air force
7
a :  a portion of a territorial unit marked off for a particular purpose (as administrative or judicial functions)
b :  an administrative or operating unit of a governmental, business, or educational organization
8
:  the physical separation into different lobbies of the members of a parliamentary body voting for and against a question
9
:  plant propagation by dividing parts and planting segments capable of producing roots and shoots
10
:  a group of organisms forming part of a larger group; specifically :  a primary category of the plant kingdom in biological taxonomy that is typically equivalent to a phylum
11
:  a competitive class or category (as in boxing or wrestling)
di·vi·sion·al \-ˈvizh-nəl, -ˈvi-zhə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of DIVISION

  1. the process of cell division
  2. a division of profits into equal shares
  3. After learning multiplication, the students were taught division.

Origin of DIVISION

Middle English, from Anglo-French devision, from Latin division-, divisio, from dividere to divide
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of DIVISION

part, portion, piece, member, division, section, segment, fragment mean something less than the whole. part is a general term appropriate when indefiniteness is required <they ran only part of the way>. portion implies an assigned or allotted part <cut the pie into six portions>. piece applies to a separate or detached part of a whole <a puzzle with 500 pieces>. member suggests one of the functional units composing a body <a structural member>. division applies to a large or diversified part <the manufacturing division of the company>. section applies to a relatively small or uniform part <the entertainment section of the newspaper>. segment applies to a part separated or marked out by or as if by natural lines of cleavage <the retired segment of the population>. fragment applies to a part produced by or as if by breaking off <only a fragment of the play still exists>.
DIVISION Defined for Kids

division

noun di·vi·sion \də-ˈvi-zhən\

Definition of DIVISION for Kids

1
:  the act or process of dividing or separating :  the state of being divided or separated <cell division>
2
:  the mathematical process of finding out how many times one number is contained in another
3
:  something that divides, separates, or marks off <The river is the division between the two towns.>
4
:  one of the parts or groups that make up a whole
5
:  a large military unit
6
:  a level of competitors <He finished third in his weight division.>
7
:  a group of plants that ranks above the class and below the kingdom and in scientific classification is typically equal to a phylum
Medical Dictionary

division

noun di·vi·sion \də-ˈvizh-ən\

Medical Definition of DIVISION

1
:  the act or process of dividing :  the state of being divided—see cell division
2
:  a group of organisms forming part of a larger group; specifically :  a primary category of the plant kingdom
di·vi·sion·al \-ˈvizh-nəl, -ˈvizh-ən-əl\ adjective
July 03, 2015
interpellate Hear it
to formally question a public official
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