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noun di·vi·sion \də-ˈvi-zhən\

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. 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. 2 :  one of the parts or groupings into which a whole is divided or is divisible

  3. 3 :  the condition or an instance of being divided in opinion or interest :  disagreement, disunity <exploited the divisions between the two countries>

  4. 4 a :  something that divides, separates, or marks off b :  the act, process, or an instance of separating or keeping apart :  separation

  5. 5 :  the mathematical operation of dividing something

  6. 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. 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. 8 :  the physical separation into different lobbies of the members of a parliamentary body voting for and against a question

  9. 9 :  plant propagation by dividing parts and planting segments capable of producing roots and shoots

  10. 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. 11 :  a competitive class or category (as in boxing or wrestling)

di·vi·sion·al play \-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>.

Medical Dictionary


noun di·vi·sion \də-ˈvizh-ən\

Medical Definition of division

  1. 1:  the act or process of dividing :  the state of being divided—see cell division

  2. 2:  a group of organisms forming part of a larger group; specifically :  a primary category of the plant kingdom

  3. di·vi·sion·al \-ˈvizh-nəl, -ˈvizh-ən-əl\play adjective

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