subdivision

noun
sub·di·vi·sion | \ ˈsəb-də-ˌvi-zhən \

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

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The worst flooding in McAllen occurred in the southern parts of town and in the northwest subdivisions, said Kevin Pagan, city attorney and emergency management coordinator. Daniel A. Flores And Molly Smith, San Antonio Express-News, "Storms slam Rio Grande Valley; hundreds rescued," 21 June 2018 There are homes still standing in several subdivisions that have been inundated by lava, but many homeowners are unable to get back to those properties because the lava has already cut them off. Time, "Hawaii's Kilauea Is Still Erupting and Spewing Destructive Lava. Scientists Say Have No Idea When It Will Stop," 8 June 2018 There are homes still standing in several subdivisions that have been inundated by lava, but many homeowners are unable to get back to those properties because the lava has already cut them off. Washington Post, "Scientists: No way to know when Hawaii eruption will end," 8 June 2018 Some older homes sit on larger parcels of land than the lots common in most new subdivisions. Kenya Burell-vanwormer, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Which home is right for you — new or resale?," 20 May 2018 Several hundred to a thousand people live in subdivisions some 25 miles from Kilauea and received mandatory evacuation alerts on Thursday. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "An Active Volcano in Hawaii Started Spewing Lava. One Airline Is Already Responding.," 4 May 2018 Officials said Tuesday there was no additional fire growth in the local subdivisions or in the northern area where there is a transition to pinyon and juniper vegetation. Lurissa Carbajal, azcentral, "Arizona Tinder Fire grows to more than 11,000 acres," 1 May 2018 Today the house is in a subdivision and we are located in a cul-de-sac. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stone farmhouse in Cedarburg has grown but kept its rustic vibe," 12 July 2018 Authorities were able to stop Cofield’s car near a gate in the Steeple Chase subdivision. Michael Williams, OrlandoSentinel.com, "NFL player arrested in Lake Mary on heroin charges after ramming police car, authorities say," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of subdivision

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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subdivision

noun

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

: an area of land that has been divided into smaller areas on which houses are built

subdivision

noun
sub·di·vi·sion | \ ˌsəb-də-ˈvi-zhən \

Kids Definition of subdivision

1 : the act of dividing into smaller parts

2 : one of the parts into which something is subdivided

subdivision

noun
sub·di·vi·sion | \ ˈsəb-də-ˌvi-zhən \

Medical Definition of subdivision 

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

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subdivision

noun
sub·di·vi·sion | \ ˈsəb-də-ˌvi-zhən \

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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