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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Outside, allées of linden trees, planted in maturity 120 years ago, have now attained Brobdingnagian magnificence (and continue in their original radial plan across many other properties in subsequent subdivisions). Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Live Like Jay Gatsby With a Weekend Visit to This Jazz Age Mansion in Nassau County," 24 July 2018 In recent years, this Cowtown has gone Uptown with the rise of upscale condo developments and gated subdivisions offering high-end amenities. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "As Homebuyers Flock In, Fort Worth Embraces its Cowtown Reputation," 17 Jan. 2019 The most recent eruption near the neighborhood was in 1955, before subdivisions were built in the area. Caleb Jones, BostonGlobe.com, "New Hawaii volcano fissure spurs more evacuations," 13 May 2018 Cheryl Griffith's Leilani Estates subdivision was ordered to evacuate after lava from Kilauea volcano burst through cracks in the ground, destroying homes. Caleb Jones, The Christian Science Monitor, "For some, living in Hawaii's paradise means making peace with a volcano," 8 May 2018 Welcome to Lake Country, where farm fields are increasingly becoming subdivisions, and businesses are the perfect place to stop between Wisconsin's two biggest cities. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From a baseball complex, to condos to Fleet Farm, here's a roundup of major developments around Lake Country," 5 June 2018 Game and Fish employees found bear tracks headed away from the subdivision and north toward the Tonto National Forest. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Bear euthanized after found roaming in Anthem neighborhood," 28 May 2018 For instance, Redding let a developer build a subdivision with just one road in and out instead of two under an allowed exception in the code; the one road was wider, but two are generally considered safer in an emergency. Jeffrey Ball, WSJ, "Why Californians Were Drawn Toward the Fire Zones," 7 Dec. 2018 Carole Bergmann pulls her small parks-department SUV into an aging 1980s subdivision in Germantown, Maryland, and takes me to the edge of an expansive meadow. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 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
US : 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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