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 Standing in the main area of the narcotics division, where McCarthy worked, was a female sergeant in full dress uniform with blonde hair and green eyes — just like her own. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, "9/11 Terror Attack on World Trade Center Inspires Former NYPD Detective to Find Birth Family," 11 Sep. 2020 Most of the Hamilton County courthouse and the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts will be closed on Columbus Day except for the appellate, auto title and domestic relations division. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, "'It's not a good holiday to celebrate.' Hamilton County commissioner aims to cut Columbus Day," 11 Sep. 2020 Fraser, 53, is currently head of Citi's global consumer banking division, a major part of the bank that includes checking and savings accounts but also Citi's massive credit card business. CBS News, "Citi picks Jane Fraser as next CEO — first woman to lead the bank," 10 Sep. 2020 The list includes the leisure and hospitality division, which had 78,000 fewer openings in July when compared to June. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Job openings surged to over 6M in July," 9 Sep. 2020 Another way the company has sought to do this is by launching an entirely new division focused on hygiene standards, its Global Cleanliness Division, overseen by a new executive role called the vice president of global cleanliness. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Delta Set the Standard for the Airline Industry's COVID-19 Response," 8 Sep. 2020 Prior to moving in division (and state) to Cleveland, Van Pelt spent his last two seasons as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "What to expect from Baker Mayfield and the Browns’ quick passing game -- Film review," 3 Sep. 2020 The Global Founders GmbH division, which holds about 45% of the shares, and Chief Executive Officer Oliver Samwer, who owns 4.5% of the stock, won’t tender their holding in the company. Amy Thomson, Bloomberg.com, "Startup Factory Rocket Internet to Delist After Value Drops," 1 Sep. 2020 An information technology division within Ascension Michigan, formerly known as St. John Providence Health System, plans to lay off 223 workers in Troy this fall and outsource their jobs. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Ascension Michigan health system to lay off and outsource 223 IT jobs in Troy," 28 Aug. 2020

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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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17 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Division.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/division. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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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


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


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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