division

[ dih-vizh-uhn ]
/ dɪˈvɪʒ ən /
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noun


Nearby words

  1. divinylbenzene,
  2. divinópolis,
  3. divisi,
  4. divisibility,
  5. divisible,
  6. division algebra,
  7. division algorithm,
  8. division of labor,
  9. division of labour,
  10. division ring

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 forms

Synonym study

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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Examples from the Web for divisionary

  • The divisionary bureaux were opened, and in forty-eight hours the collection and distribution of letters for Paris reorganised.



British Dictionary definitions for divisionary

division

/ (dɪˈvɪʒən) /

noun

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 divisionary

division

n.

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 divisionary

division

[ dĭ-vĭzhən ]

n.

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 divisionary

division

[ dĭ-vĭzhən ]

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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