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[suhb-di-vizh-uh n]
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  1. the act or fact of subdividing.
  2. a product of subdividing, as a section of a department.
  3. a portion of land divided into lots for real-estate development.
  4. Botany, Mycology. a category of related classes within a division or phylum.
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Origin of subdivision

1545–55; < Late Latin subdīvīsiōn- (stem of subdīvīsiō), equivalent to subdīvīs(us) (past participle of subdīvīdere to subdivide) + -iōn- -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for subdivision


  1. the process, instance, or state of being divided again following upon an earlier division
  2. a portion that is the result of subdividing
  3. US and Canadian a tract of land for building resulting from subdividing land
  4. Canadian a housing development built on such a tract
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Derived Formssubdivisional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for subdivision


early 15c., "process of dividing into smaller parts;" mid-15c., "portion of land that has been divided," noun of action from subdivide. Sense of "land broken into lots for housing development" is from 1911.

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