- An example of division is when you break up a set of bookends into two pieces.
- An example of division is when people within a political party disagree about the passage of a bill.
- a dividing or being divided; separation
- a sharing or apportioning; distribution
- a difference of opinion; disagreement
- a separation into groups in voting
- anything that divides; partition; boundary
- anything separated or distinguished from the whole or from the larger unit of which it is a part, as
- a particular section of a country, state, etc. divided off as for administration
- a particular department of a government, business, school, or other organization
- a particular rank or kind, as of students or athletes, based on achievement, age, sex, etc.
- a segment, as of the body
- Biol. a major category in the classification of living organisms, esp. plants, ranking above a class and below a kingdom: it can include one class or many similar classes: the Latinized division names are capitalized but not italicized (Ex.: Pinophyta, gymnosperms)
- Hort. a form of plant propagation in which new plants are grown from segments detached from the parent plant
- Math. the process of finding how many times a number (the divisor) is contained in another number (the dividend): the number of times equals the quotient
- Mil. a major tactical or administrative unit that can act independently and is under one command; specif.,
- an army unit larger than a regiment and smaller than a corps, to which various numbers and types of battalions can be attached as required
- a tactical subdivision of a naval squadron
- an air force unit of two or more combat wings
Origin of divisionMiddle English divisioun ; from Classical Latin divisio ; from divisus, past participle of dividere
- a. The act or process of dividing.b. The state of having been divided.
- Mathematics The operation of determining how many times one quantity is contained in another; the inverse of multiplication.
- The proportional distribution of a quantity or entity: the division of his property among his heirs.
- Something, such as a boundary or partition, that serves to divide or keep separate.
- One of the parts, sections, or groups into which something is divided.
- a. An area of government or corporate activity organized as an administrative or functional unit.b. A territorial section marked off for political or governmental purposes.
- a. An administrative and tactical military unit that is smaller than a corps but is self-contained and equipped for prolonged combat activity.b. A group of several ships of similar type forming a tactical unit under a single command in the US Navy.c. A former unit of the US Air Force that was larger than a wing and smaller than an air force.
- Botany The taxonomic category ranking just below kingdom, consisting of one or more related classes, and corresponding approximately to a phylum in zoological classification.
- A category created for purposes of competition, as in boxing.
- a. Variance of opinion; disagreement.b. A splitting into factions; disunion.
- The physical separation and regrouping of members of a parliament according to their stand on an issue put to vote.
- Biology Cell division.
- A type of propagation characteristic of plants that spread by means of newly formed parts such as bulbs, suckers, or rhizomes.
Origin of divisionMiddle English divisioun, from Old French division, from Latin d&imacron;v&imacron;si&omacron;, d&imacron;v&imacron;si&omacron;n-, from d&imacron;v&imacron;sus, past participle of d&imacron;videre, to divide; see divide.
(countable and uncountable, plural divisions)
- (uncountable) The act or process of dividing anything.
- Each of the separate parts of something resulting from division.
- (arithmetic, uncountable) The process of dividing a number by another.
- (arithmetic) A calculation that involves this process.
- I've got ten divisions to do for my homework.
- (military) A formation, usually made up of two or three brigades.
- A section of a large company.
- (biology, taxonomy) A rank (Latin divisio) below kingdom and above class, particularly used of plants or fungi, also (particularly of animals) called a phylum; a taxon at that rank
- Magnolias belong to the division Magnoliophyta.
- A disagreement; a difference of viewpoint between two sides of an argument.
- (music) A florid instrumental variation of a melody in the 17th and 18th centuries, originally conceived as the dividing of each of a succession of long notes into several short ones.
- (music) A set of pipes in a pipe organ which are independently controlled and supplied.
- (law) A concept whereby a common group of debtors are only responsible for their proportionate sum of the total debt.
- (computing) Any of the four major parts of a COBOL program source code
- (UK, Eton College) A lesson; a class.