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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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 Think subdivision ponds, empty quarries and small lakes at city parks. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky is swimming with potential to take over the US caviar market," 28 June 2018 At one farm, the red barn bore a sign for the Vermont Land Trust, a nonprofit that protects family farms, forests, and habitat from development and subdivision. Katie Arnold, Outside Online, "Yes, You Should Move Your Family to Vermont," 20 June 2018 These plans, which are done periodically, guide where new houses and subdivisions take shape. Kurtis Alexander,, "With wildfire season at hand, California on slightly safer footing this year," 17 June 2018 School officials at Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy are seeking permission from the Jefferson Parish School Board to undo a subdivision of a 20-acre tract of land so plans to build a new $51 million school can move forward. Littice Bacon-blood,, "Kenner charter school seeks permission to undo subdivision so it can build new school," 6 June 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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