- (in the army) a major administrative and tactical unit, larger than a regiment or brigade and smaller than a corps: it is usually commanded by a major general.
- (in the navy) a number of ships, usually four, forming a tactical group that is part of a fleet or squadron.
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Contemporary Examples of division
Excerpted by permission of Harper Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America
David Yaffe, Scott Saul
December 10, 2014
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November 29, 2014
The cop was not named, but was identified as an African-American veteran of the division with no prior infractions.The 14 Teens Killed by Cops Since Michael Brown
November 25, 2014
If there is a division in the Democrat Party, he insists he is not on either side.Dan Malloy Is Progressives’ Dream Governor. So Why Isn’t He Winning?
October 30, 2014
Once he graduated in 2006, Simien took a job as a publicity assistant at Rogue, then a division of Focus Features.‘Dear White People’: How An Ex-Publicist’s Twitter Became One of the Year’s Most Important Films
October 30, 2014
Historical Examples of division
Division on public questions can no longer be traced by the war maps of 1861.
It is wrong to waste the precious gift of time, on acrimony and division.
If you can get off for an hour, won't you take the trolley to the end of Division Street?K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Sayac means a station or division, Anta is a small town near Cuzco.Apu Ollantay
But when the division of all this wealth came to be made, lo!Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
- armya major formation, larger than a regiment or brigade but smaller than a corps, containing the necessary arms to sustain independent combat
- navya group of ships of similar type or a tactical unit of naval aircraft
- air forcean organization normally comprising two or more wings with required support units
Word Origin for division
late 14c., from Old French division, from Latin divisionem (nominative divisio), from divid-, stem of dividere (see divide). Military sense is first recorded 1590s. Mathematical sense is from early 15c. The mathematical division sign supposedly was invented by British mathematician John Pell (1611-1685) who taught at Cambridge and Amsterdam.