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[suhb-di-vizh-uh n] /ˈsʌb dɪˌvɪʒ ən/
the act or fact of subdividing.
a product of subdividing, as a section of a department.
a portion of land divided into lots for real-estate development.
Botany, Mycology. a category of related classes within a division or phylum.
Origin of subdivision
1545-55; < Late Latin subdīvīsiōn- (stem of subdīvīsiō), equivalent to subdīvīs(us) (past participle of subdīvīdere to subdivide) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for subdivision
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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


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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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