subdivision

noun

sub·​di·​vi·​sion ˈsəb-də-ˌvi-zhən How to pronounce subdivision (audio)
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 One of our neighbors in another subdivision said all homes have an eight-year warranty for fixing a defective roof. Christopher A. Combs, The Arizona Republic, 2 Apr. 2024 This includes subdivisions such as Stone Creek Ranch, Cady Lake and Providence Country Club. Chase Jordan, Charlotte Observer, 1 Apr. 2024 In 2020, Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael along with their neighbor William Bryan chased after Arbery in pickup trucks through a Georgia subdivision before one of them shot and killed him. Rayna Reid Rayford, Essence, 29 Mar. 2024 In this rapacious subculture, mobsters went into subdivisions and snapped up a half dozen homes at a time. Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica, 14 Mar. 2024 But offers from developers who would turn it into subdivisions or strip malls seem increasingly tempting. Lydia Depillis, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024 College football undergoes a radical transformation in which all the power conferences dissolve and a super league, or separate subdivision, is formed. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 That site is near the one approved Monday but further from the subdivision. Mary Ramsey, Charlotte Observer, 26 Mar. 2024 The Loftin residence sits near the bottom of a hill that crests off the subdivision’s main thoroughfare. Jaime Moore-Carrillo, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 26 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Subdivision.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subdivision. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

subdivision

noun
sub·​di·​vi·​sion ˌsəb-də-ˈvizh-ən How to pronounce subdivision (audio)
1
: the act or process of subdividing
2
: one of the parts into which something is subdivided

Medical Definition

subdivision

noun
sub·​di·​vi·​sion ˈsəb-də-ˌvi-zhən How to pronounce subdivision (audio)
: a category in botanical classification ranking below a division and above a class

Legal Definition

subdivision

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