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1 something that divides, separates, or marks off
  • we poked our heads over the division between the yards to see what the fuss was about

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2 a large unit of a governmental, business, or educational organization
  • the complaints division handled all of the calls from the angry townsfolk

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3 one of the units into which a whole is divided on the basis of a common characteristic
  • one of the major divisions of birds

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4 the act or process of a whole separating into two or more parts or pieces
  • the assembly line was a major development in the division of labor among workers

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5 the act or process of giving out something to each member of a group
  • the person in charge of the division of the profits among the business partners

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part, portion, piece, member, division, section, segment, fragment mean something less than the whole. part is a general term appropriate when indefiniteness is required. they ran only part of the way portion implies an assigned or allotted part. cut the pie into six portions piece applies to a separate or detached part of a whole. a puzzle with 500 pieces member suggests one of the functional units composing a body. a structural member division applies to a large or diversified part. the manufacturing division of the company section applies to a relatively small or uniform part. the entertainment section of the newspaper segment applies to a part separated or marked out by or as if by natural lines of cleavage. the retired segment of the population fragment applies to a part produced by or as if by breaking off. only a fragment of the play still exists

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The first known use of division was in the 14th century

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“Division.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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