division

noun
di·​vi·​sion | \ də-ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce division (audio) \

Definition of division

1a : the act or process of dividing : the state of being divided
b : the act, process, or an instance of distributing among a number : distribution
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
4a : 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
6a : 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 U.S. Air Force higher than a wing and lower than an air force
7a : a portion of a territorial unit marked off for a particular purpose (such 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)

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Other Words from division

divisional \ də-​ˈvizh-​nəl How to pronounce divisional (audio) , -​ˈvi-​zhə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of division in a Sentence

the process of cell division a division of profits into equal shares After learning multiplication, the students were taught division.
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Recent Examples on the Web Here is a look at the four state semifinals involving those teams in their respective divisions. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Rematches with Pickerington Central, Massillon stand in the way of Mentor, Avon: OHSAA football state semifinals preview," 27 Nov. 2019 As of Tuesday morning, the league office updated its division tie-breaker in the event that Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss and UAB all claim victory in the final game. Evan Dudley, al, "UAB heads to North Texas for season finale," 27 Nov. 2019 To raise cash, GE has sold several major businesses, including its railroad division and its BioPharma unit. Matt Egan, CNN, "GE hires a new CFO. Task No. 1: Shrinking a mountain of debt," 25 Nov. 2019 Murphy has previously earned first place awards in her division at the World Natural Powerlifting Federation's championships and was named the 2014 Lifter of the Year after winning gold medals in the deadlift, power curl and bench press. Li Cohen, CBS News, "82-year-old female bodybuilder beats down home intruder," 24 Nov. 2019 The Blue Jackets are almost in the cellar of their division, having earned just eight points in their last 10 games. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Game recap: Detroit Red Wings fall at Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-4," 21 Nov. 2019 In the meantime, the county reorganized its mental health division. oregonlive, "Multnomah County staff mishandled hundreds of mental health abuse complaints, report finds," 20 Nov. 2019 Is your division responsible for bringing a certain number of shows to ASM each year? Dave Brooks, Billboard, "AEG's Gary Gersh On Global Ambitions, Demand and Billie Eilish: 'She's Having a Cultural Impact Just Like Nirvana Did'," 4 Nov. 2019 Google does not have its own chip-design division and instead must rely on Qualcomm, the mobile market's biggest chip maker. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google buys Fitbit for $2.1 billion," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of division

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for division

Middle English, from Anglo-French devision, from Latin division-, divisio, from dividere to divide

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The first known use of division was in the 14th century

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1 Dec 2019

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“Division.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divisional?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=divisi04. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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division

noun
How to pronounce division (audio)

English Language Learners 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

division

noun
di·​vi·​sion | \ də-ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce division (audio) \

Kids Definition of division

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

division

noun
di·​vi·​sion | \ də-ˈvizh-ən How to pronounce division (audio) \

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 that is typically equivalent to a phylum

Other Words from division

divisional \ -​ˈvizh-​nəl, -​ˈvizh-​ən-​ᵊl How to pronounce divisional (audio) \ adjective

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