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  1. di·vi·sion
    IPA[dəˈviZHən]
  2. noun

    • 1. the action of separating something into parts or the process of being separated:

      the division of the land into small fields a gene that helps regulate cell division
      Synonym : dividing, dividing up, breaking up, breakup, cutting up, carving up, severance, splitting, dissection, bisection, cleaving, partitioning, separation, segregation, disconnection, detachment
    • 2. the distribution of something separated into parts:

      the division of his estates between the two branches of his family
      Synonym : sharing out, dividing up, parceling out, allocation, allotment, apportionment, distribution, dispensation, disbursement, splitting up, carving up, slicing up, divvying up, dishing out
    • 3. an instance of members of a legislative body separating into two groups to vote for or against a bill:

      the new clause was agreed without a division
    • 4. the action of splitting the roots of a perennial plant into parts to be replanted separately, as a means of propagation:

      the plant can also be easily increased by division in autumn
    • 5. the action of dividing a wider class into two or more subclasses.

    • 6. disagreement between two or more groups, typically producing tension or hostility:

      a growing sense of division between north and south deep cultural divisions
    • 7. the process or skill of dividing one number by another:

      no multiplication or division is necessary
    • 8. the process of dividing a matrix, vector, or other quantity by another under specific rules to obtain a quotient.

    • 9. each of the parts into which something is divided:

      the main divisions of the book
    • 10. a major unit or section of an organization, typically one handling a particular kind of work:

      a retail division
    • 11. a group of army brigades or regiments:

      an infantry division
    • 12. a number of teams or competitors grouped together in a sport for competitive purposes according to such characteristics as ability, size, or geographic location:

      the team will finish in fifth place in Division One
    • 13. a part of a county, country, or city defined for administrative or political purposes:

      a licensing division of a district
    • 14. a part of a county or borough forming a parliamentary constituency:

      he was MP for the Lancaster division of North Lancashire
    • 15. a principal taxonomic category that ranks above class and below kingdom, equivalent to the phylum in zoology.

    • 16. any subsidiary category between major levels of classification.

    • 17. a partition that divides two groups or things:

      the villagers lived in a communal building and there were no solid divisions between neighbors
      Synonym : dividing line, divide, boundary, boundary line, borderline, border, partition, margin, demarcation line, line of demarcation, cutoff point
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: division, plural noun: divisions

    • noun

      the action of separating something into parts or the process of being separated:

      the distribution of something separated into parts:

    • noun

      arithmetical division in which the quotient is written directly without a succession of intermediate calculations.
    • noun

      the sign ÷, placed between two numbers showing that the first is to be divided by the second, as in 6 ÷ 3 = 2.
    • noun

      the division of a cell into two daughter cells with the same genetic material.
    • noun

      arithmetical division in which the divisor has two or more figures, and a series of steps is made as successive groups of digits of the dividend are divided by the divisor, to avoid excessive mental calculation.
    • noun

      the sign ÷, placed between two numbers showing that the first is to be divided by the second, as in 6 ÷ 3 = 2.
    • noun

      arithmetical division in which the divisor has two or more figures, and a series of workings is made as successive groups of digits of the dividend are divided by the divisor, to avoid excessive mental calculation.
    • noun

      (in Britain) a bell rung in Parliament to announce an imminent division.
    • noun

      the division of a cell into two daughter cells with the same genetic material.
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