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subdivision

[suhb-di-vizh-uh n] /ˈsʌb dɪˌvɪʒ ən/
noun
1.
the act or fact of subdividing.
2.
a product of subdividing, as a section of a department.
3.
a portion of land divided into lots for real-estate development.
4.
Botany, Mycology. a category of related classes within a division or phylum.
Origin of subdivision
1545-1555
1545-55; < Late Latin subdīvīsiōn- (stem of subdīvīsiō), equivalent to subdīvīs(us) (past participle of subdīvīdere to subdivide) + -iōn- -ion
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  • This subdivision of the large avenues, we were told, is gradually to be discarded.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • The subdivision of labour, with all its advantages, has its reverse to the medal.

    Nuts and Nutcrackers Charles James Lever
  • A street car line will connect the plant and the subdivision.

  • The subdivision, or part of a Chapter is marked usually thus, §.

  • subdivision of labor is one of the triumphs of modern civilization.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • A subdivision of the compass card, equal to 5° 37′ of the circle.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A subdivision of the compass-card, equal to 2° 48′ 45″ of the circle.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • He has a perfect right to lay out a subdivision if he wants, said Bobby.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit George Randolph Chester
  • As "inspector of subdivision," his light is burned until eleven.

    Starlight Ranch Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for subdivision

subdivision

/ˈsʌbdɪˌvɪʒən/
noun
1.
the process, instance, or state of being divided again following upon an earlier division
2.
a portion that is the result of subdividing
3.
(US & Canadian) a tract of land for building resulting from subdividing land
4.
(Canadian) a housing development built on such a tract
Derived Forms
subdivisional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for subdivision
n.

early 15c., "process of dividing into smaller parts;" mid-15c., "portion of land that has been divided," noun of action from subdivide. Sense of "land broken into lots for housing development" is from 1911.

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