Origin of division

1325–75; Middle English divisioun, devisioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin dīvīsiōn- (stem of dīvīsiō), equivalent to dīvīs(us) (see divisible) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsdi·vi·sion·al, di·vi·sion·ar·y, adjectivedi·vi·sion·al·ly, adverbhy·per·di·vi·sion, nounin·ter·di·vi·sion, nounin·ter·di·vi·sion·al, adjectivein·ter·di·vi·sion·al·ly, adverbmis·di·vi·sion, nounnon·di·vi·sion, nounnon·di·vi·sion·al, adjectivepre·di·vi·sion, nounpro·di·vi·sion, adjectivere·di·vi·sion, nounself-di·vi·sion, nounsem·i·di·vi·sion, nounsu·per·di·vi·sion, noun

Synonyms for division

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1. Division, partition suggest dividing into parts. Division usually means marking off or separating a whole into parts. Partition often adds the idea of allotting or assigning parts following division: partition of an estate, of a country.

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British Dictionary definitions for division



the act of dividing or state of being divided
the act of sharing out; distribution
something that divides or keeps apart, such as a boundary
one of the parts, groups, etc, into which something is divided
a part of a government, business, country, etc, that has been made into a unit for administrative, political, or other reasons
a formal vote in Parliament or a similar legislative body
a difference of opinion, esp one that causes separation
(in sports) a section, category, or class organized according to age, weight, skill, etc
a mathematical operation, the inverse of multiplication, in which the quotient of two numbers or quantities is calculated. Usually written: a ÷ b, a b, a / b
  1. armya major formation, larger than a regiment or brigade but smaller than a corps, containing the necessary arms to sustain independent combat
  2. navya group of ships of similar type or a tactical unit of naval aircraft
  3. air forcean organization normally comprising two or more wings with required support units
(plural) navy the assembly of all crew members for the captain's inspection
biology (in traditional classification systems) a major category of the plant kingdom that contains one or more related classesCompare phylum (def. 1)
horticulture any type of propagation in plants in which a new plant grows from a separated part of the original
logic the fallacy of inferring that the properties of the whole are also true of the parts, as Britain is in debt, so John Smith is in debt
(esp in 17th-century English music) the art of breaking up a melody into quick phrases, esp over a ground bass
Derived Formsdivisional or divisionary, adjectivedivisionally, adverb

Word Origin for division

C14: from Latin dīvīsiō, from dīvidere to divide
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Word Origin and History 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.

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Medicine definitions for division




The act or process of dividing.
Cell division.
The operation of determining how many times one quantity is contained in another; the inverse of multiplication.
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Science definitions for division



The act, process, or operation of finding out how many times one number or quantity is contained in another.
A taxonomic classification within the plant kingdom that ranks immediately above a class and corresponds to a phylum in other kingdoms. See Table at taxonomy.
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