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 During this time when housing was much more affordable, the FHA also championed suburban subdivision construction and the use of restrictive racial covenants, which banned the sale of millions of homes to all but White families. CNN, 19 June 2022 The ocean breeze that cools the subdivision during warm summer days was fanning the flames. Hannah Frystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2022 Heavily-armed law enforcement officers from multiple agencies – including the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and Montgomery police - descended on the subdivision in search of the suspect. Carol Robinson |, al, 1 June 2022 When Julie Kelley’s sister, Jennifer Eberle, purchased property in Louisville’s Glenmary subdivision more than two decades ago, Julie and her husband Mark were also looking for a change. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 19 May 2022 The subdivision is planned on 39 acres east of Ridgeland Avenue and south of Oak Forest Avenue, with Cook County Forest Preserve District property to the east. Mike Nolan, Chicago Tribune, 18 May 2022 The plan recommends two road connections from the the existing subdivision and to connections off Swan Road. Alex Groth, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 May 2022 Deputies responded to calls for shots fired and a vehicle collision in the Silver Creek Ranch subdivision Tuesday, the agency said in a Facebook post. Henri Hollis, ajc, 19 Mar. 2021 Earlier this week DeSantis stood behind his controversial decision to set up a vaccine pop-up clinic that only serves residents of two wealthy zip codes in the Lakewood Ranch subdivision near Sarasota. David Fleshler,, 21 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of subdivision

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Subdivision.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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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


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

Medical Definition of subdivision

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


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

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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