division of labor

[ dih-vizh-uhnuhv ley-ber ]

  1. a production process in which a worker or group of workers is assigned a specialized task in order to increase efficiency.

Origin of division of labor

First recorded in 1770–80

Words Nearby division of labor

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How to use division of labor in a sentence

  • Probably the division-of-labor science never had a happier illustration than is presented by their agreement.

    One Of Them | Charles James Lever

Cultural definitions for division of labor

division of labor

Dividing a job into many specialized parts, with a single worker or a few workers assigned to each part. Division of labor is important to mass production.

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