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 recently, the family has been trying to develop a parcel of land on the Anchorage Hillside into a new subdivision. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "He went from a childhood in Anchorage to alt-right fame. Now, the social media personality known as Baked Alaska been arrested for storming the U.S. Capitol.," 16 Jan. 2021 The request was part of the plan for Chandler Crossing, a 366-lot subdivision east of Crossover and Zion roads. Stacy Ryburn, Arkansas Online, "Fayetteville parks board opts for fee over park land for subdivision," 6 Jan. 2021 It’s not like the threshold approval of a huge subdivision, a large apartment complex or more lenient zoning rules. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Love for added backyard homes rises above larger housing disputes," 18 Dec. 2020 The town has grappled with sewage backups and drainage issues and the addition of a large subdivision will push current lines beyond their limits. Jessica Saggio|contributing Writer,, "Pearl River adopts budget, police funding mostly restored," 17 Dec. 2020 But instead of a housing subdivision, the fight is over a utility-scale solar farm — enough to power about 25,000 homes and businesses. Taylor Kate Brown,, "MicroClimates: The fight over solar farms — in your backyard," 8 Dec. 2020 The pandemic closed many pools and, for a while, forced King to swim in a pond next to a subdivision. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "Lilly King sets 4 U.S. records, helps her team win pro league final," 23 Nov. 2020 State officials have permanently closed a Utah County wildlife area to target shooting after bullets continued striking a new subdivision, despite signs cautioning shooters to act responsibly. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "DWR closes wildlife area to target shooting," 4 Nov. 2020 Alexa Montez was found dead with her mother, Nichol Leila Olsen, 37, and her sister, 10-year-old London Bribiescas, at Wheeler’s home in the Anaqua Springs Ranch subdivision near Leon Springs on the morning of Jan. 10, 2019. Peggy O’hare,, "Second lawsuit filed against Wheeler for Anaqua Springs shooting deaths," 19 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of subdivision

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of subdivision was in the 15th century

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22 Feb 2021

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“Subdivision.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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


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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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