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

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But officials from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the subdivision of DHS that runs the Border Patrol, projected a surge in the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the southern border as the weather improved into the spring. NBC News, "Migrant children stuck at border stations, sleeping on concrete, because of HHS overcrowding," 4 June 2019 Officials were surveying the damage Monday after the fire flared up in windy, dry weather and swept through a rural subdivision of about 125 homes on Sunday. Fox News, "Wyoming wildfire near Grand Teton burns more buildings," 24 Sep. 2018 In addition to recommending the site plan, the commission voted at the June 7 meeting to support a subdivision of the property and a special use permit that would pave the way for installation of the Wendy’s drive-thru. Pioneer Press,, "New development proposed in Skokie includes Wendy's restaurant, retail building," 25 June 2018 Rachel Foley is a bankruptcy lawyer who lives with her mother in the fashionable Rock Lake Village subdivision just east of the feedlot. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Here's the beef: Missouri cattle feedlot wants to grow; Powell Gardens fears the stink | The Kansas City Star," 27 May 2018 Once the transcontinental railroad arrived in Los Angeles, the resulting land boom brought with it the first subdivision of the land. Scott Garner,, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Chatsworth keeps one foot in the Old West," 25 May 2018 Siepmann also owns the Windrush subdivision just south of Highway K and east of Jungbluth Road. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Condos and other housing could come to Highway K, Hartland, as Neumann buys North 40," 23 May 2018 New homes have been built and others are under construction in the Hill’s Century Farm subdivision south of the YMCA and Hillside School. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "This area of Meridian is on the verge of becoming the fastest-growing place in Idaho | Idaho Statesman," 12 Mar. 2018 Neighbors in the Shady Shores subdivision of Shelby, one of the areas hardest hit by the flooding, have been working around the clock as well, banding together to pump water back into the river and away from homes. Carrie Napoleon, Post-Tribune, "Shelby residents continue Kankakee flooding fight," 23 Feb. 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
US : an area of land that has been divided into smaller areas on which houses are built


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


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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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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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