sub·​di·​vi·​sion | \ ˈsəb-də-ˌvi-zhən How to pronounce subdivision (audio) \

Definition of subdivision

1 : an act or instance of subdividing
2 : something produced by subdividing: such as
a : a subordinate part of a larger whole political subdivisions
b : a tract of land surveyed and divided into lots for purposes of sale especially : one with houses built on it
3 : a category in botanical classification ranking below a division and above a class

Examples of subdivision in a Sentence

a political subdivision of the state
Recent Examples on the Web More than 19,000 vehicles travel this road that leads from Wasilla to scores of subdivisions springing up west of town and four schools. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "‘The failure is catastrophic’: Drivers fault delayed fixes for dangerous road near Wasilla," 31 Dec. 2019 The nearly 20-year resident of the subdivision said her home flooded during Hurricane Harvey. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Developer to submit new plan after Katy City Council rejects zoning change," 10 Dec. 2019 Officials said that the single road in and out of the subdivision would be subject to flooding, raising the risk that emergency vehicles would be unable to reach the homes during a storm. John Schwartz, New York Times, "As Climate Risk Grows, Cities Test a Tough Strategy: Saying ‘No’ to Developers," 20 Nov. 2019 Engineering plans will be reviewed before the plan commission is asked to approve a final plat of subdivision. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Plans advance for 29-lot subdivision on Glencoe’s Hoover Estate," 30 Sep. 2019 Lawyers Hill from seeing drastic change due to the placement of a 17-home subdivision that could result in the district’s removal from the National Register of Historic Places. Erin B. Logan,, "Residents raise thousands of dollars to ‘save’ an Elkridge historic district," 30 Sep. 2019 Harlandale got its name from one of the subdivision’s two original developers, B. B. Harlan and Ramsay Crooks Bogy. Paula Allen,, "The various San Antonio ventures of the founders of Harlandale had mixed results," 28 Sep. 2019 Back at Tracy Hills, Palmer says his team is taking pains to make sure the project is a new breed of greener and more urbane subdivision. J.k. Dineen,, "Despite climate crisis, California continues to embrace exurban sprawl," 20 Sep. 2019 County property records show it is owned by Lennar Colorado, the builder in the subdivision. David Migoya, The Denver Post, "Metro district debt is decided long before residents move in, but some are trying to take back control," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of subdivision

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Subdivision.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of subdivision

: one of the parts into which something is divided
: the act or process of dividing something into smaller parts
US : an area of land that has been divided into smaller areas on which houses are built


sub·​di·​vi·​sion | \ ˌsəb-də-ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce subdivision (audio) \

Kids Definition of subdivision

1 : the act of dividing into smaller parts
2 : one of the parts into which something is subdivided


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Medical Definition of subdivision

: a category in botanical classification ranking below a division and above a class

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Legal Definition of subdivision

1 : an act or instance of subdividing obtain approval of his subdivision of the land
2 : a tract of land subdivided into lots to provide streets and sewers for the subdivision
3 : a part made by subdividing as prescribed in subdivision one of this section

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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