[suhb-di-vizh-uh n]


the act or fact of subdividing.
a product of subdividing, as a section of a department.
a portion of land divided into lots for real-estate development.
Botany, Mycology. a category of related classes within a division or phylum.

Origin of subdivision

1545–55; < Late Latin subdīvīsiōn- (stem of subdīvīsiō), equivalent to subdīvīs(us) (past participle of subdīvīdere to subdivide) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for subdivision

tract, development, group, community, subsidiary, class, subclass

Examples from the Web for subdivision

Contemporary Examples of subdivision

  • A few years later, the family moved into the peaceful Raintree Subdivision of Temple Terrace.

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Historical Examples of subdivision

British Dictionary definitions for subdivision



the process, instance, or state of being divided again following upon an earlier division
a portion that is the result of subdividing
US and Canadian a tract of land for building resulting from subdividing land
Canadian a housing development built on such a tract
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper