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Dictionary Definition

division

Noun

1 an army unit large enough to sustain combat; "two infantry divisions were held in reserve"
2 one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole; "the written part of the exam"; "the finance section of the company"; "the BBC's engineering division" [syn: part, section]
3 the act or process of dividing
4 an administrative unit in government or business
5 an arithmetic operation that is the inverse of multiplication; the quotient of two numbers is computed
6 discord that splits a group [syn: variance]
7 a league ranked by quality; "he played baseball in class D for two years"; "Princeton is in the NCAA Division 1-AA" [syn: class]
8 (biology) a group of organisms forming a subdivision of a larger category
9 (botany) taxonomic unit of plants corresponding to a phylum
10 a unit of the United States Air Force usually comprising two or more wings [syn: air division]
11 a group of ships of similar type [syn: naval division]
12 the act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart [syn: partition, partitioning, segmentation, sectionalization, sectionalisation]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From Latin divisio, noun of process form from perfect passive participle divisus, divided, from dividere, to divide

Pronunciation

  • /dɪˈvɪʒən/, /dI"vIZ@n/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪʒən

Noun

  1. The act or process of dividing anything.
  2. Each of the separate parts of something resulting from division.
  3. (uncountable) The process of dividing a number by another.
  4. A calculation that involves this process.
    I've got ten divisions to do for my homework.
  5. A military formation, usually made up of two or three brigades.
  6. A section of a large company.
  7. In the context of "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.
  8. A disagreement; a difference of viewpoint between two sides of an argument.
  9. 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.
  10. A set of pipes in a pipe organ which are independently controlled and supplied.
  11. A concept whereby a common group of debtors are only responsible for their proportionate sum of the total debt.

Translations

act or process of dividing anything
each of the parts resulting from division
arithmetic: process of dividing a number by another
arithmetic: calculation involving this process
large military unit
section of a large company
biology: taxonomic classification of plants
  • Finnish: kaari, pääjakso
  • Urdu: (taqseem)
  • West Frisian: klasse
disagreement; a difference of viewpoint
law: concept of separate responsibility

Derived terms

Swedish

Noun

division
  1. division; act of dividing (e.g. numbers); large military unit; section of a company
  2. division, league; a organization of sports teams that habitually play against each other for a championship; the level on which a certain team plays, as compared to others

Extensive Definition

Division may refer to:
Processes:
Units/ Entities:
Music:
Miscellaneous:
division in Catalan: Divisió (desambiguació)
division in Czech: Divize
division in German: Division
division in Spanish: División
division in French: Division (homonymie)
division in Galician: División
division in Croatian: Divizija (razdvojba)
division in Dutch: Divisie
division in Norwegian: Divisjon
division in Portuguese: Divisão (desambiguação)
division in Russian: Деление
division in Simple English: Division (disambiguation)
division in Slovenian: Divizija (razločitev)
division in Swedish: Division

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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