Simple Definition of division
: 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
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
Examples of division
the process of cell division
a division of profits into equal shares
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
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