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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Homearama returns to Catalpa Farms, the first conservation subdivision in Jefferson County. For Lg&e Ku, The Courier-Journal, "Be Ready for Big Wows and Amazing Innovations at this Year’s Homearama," 10 July 2018 Buyers got deals on those houses when builders returned to the subdivisions five years ago, but most of the deals are gone. Catherine Reagor, azcentral, "Metro Phoenix homebuilding hits decade high," 8 July 2018 Evacuation updates: On Sunday, mandatory evacuations were ordered for the area near the Double Eagle subdivision. Claire Morgan, sacbee, "Northern California wildfires, map: Hot weather and gusty winds worsen some blazes," 1 July 2018 Kenner Discovery will pay any cost associated with the subdivision, according to the resolution which is on the school board's consent agenda, a good indication that it will be approved. Littice Bacon-blood,, "Kenner charter school seeks permission to undo subdivision so it can build new school," 6 June 2018 The neighborhood will connect to Towne Road on the east and Kings Mill subdivision on the south via Jasmine Court. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "University High School sells land south of 116th Street campus to Carmel developer," 11 July 2018 The subdivision is off Reckinger Road, just west of Farnsworth Avenue. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "City looks to fix long-time flooding issue in Aurora neighborhood," 10 July 2018 Bui wrote that Wood’s proposal exceed guidelines in the Quimby Act, which allows cities to require that developers dedicate parkland or other open space in exchange for permission to build subdivisions. Priscella Vega,, "Proposed subdivision on abandoned Franklin School site will go before Huntington Beach commissioners," 6 July 2018 Lane closures affect Cypress Trails subdivision Milling and resurfacing is being done on Lake Worth Road and Cypress Edge Drive. Kari Barnett,, "Improvements being made on Okeechobee Boulevard," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of subdivision

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

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


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


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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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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