- the act or process of dividing; state of being divided.
- Arithmetic. the operation inverse to multiplication; the finding of a quantity, the quotient, that when multiplied by a given quantity, the divisor, gives another given quantity, the dividend; the process of ascertaining how many times one number or quantity is contained in another.
- something that divides or separates; partition.
- something that marks a division; dividing line or mark.
- one of the parts into which a thing is divided; section.
- separation by difference of opinion or feeling; disagreement; dissension.
- Government. the separation of a legislature, or the like, into two groups, in taking a vote.
- one of the parts into which a country or an organization is divided for political, judicial, military, or other purposes.
- (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.
- a major autonomous or semi-independent but subordinate administrative unit of an industrial enterprise, government bureau, transportation system, or university: the sales division of our company; the Division of Humanities.
- (in sports) a category or class containing all the teams or competitors grouped together according to standing, skill, weight, age, or the like: a team in the first division; the heavyweight division in boxing.
- Botany. a major primary subdivision of the plant kingdom, consisting of one or more classes; plant phylum.
- Zoology. any subdivision of a classificatory group or category.
- Horticulture. a type of propagation in which new plants are grown from segments separated from the parent plant.
- the ornamentation of a melodic line in 17th- and 18th-century music.
Origin of division
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- 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
- 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
- (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
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.
- 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.
- 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.