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Division definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DIVISION, n. S as z. [L. See Divide.]
1. The act of dividing or separating into parts, any entire body.
2. The state of being divided.
3. That which divides or separates; that which keeps apart; partition.
4. The part separated from the rest by a partition or line, real or imaginary; as the divisions of a field.
5. A separate body of men; as, communities and divisions of men.
6. A part or distinct portion; as the divisions of a discourse.
7. A part of an army or militia; a body consisting of a certain number of brigades usually two, and commanded by a major general. But the term is often applied to other bodies or portions of an army, as to a brigade, a squadron or a platoon.
8. A part of a fleet, or a select number of ships under a commander, and distinguished by a particular flag or pendant.
9. Disunion; discord; variance; difference.
There was a division among the people. John 7.
10. Space between the notes of music, or the dividing of the tones.
11. Distinction.
I will put a division between my people and thy people. Exodus 8.
12. The separation of voters in a legislative house.
13. In arithmetic, the dividing of a number or quantity into any parts assigned; or the rule by which is found how many times one number is contained in another.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: an army unit large enough to sustain combat; "two infantry divisions were held in reserve"
2: one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole; "the written part of the exam"; "the finance section of the company"; "the BBC's engineering division" [syn: part, section, division]
3: the act or process of dividing
4: an administrative unit in government or business
5: discord that splits a group [syn: division, variance]
6: a league ranked by quality; "he played baseball in class D for two years"; "Princeton is in the NCAA Division 1-AA" [syn: class, division]
7: (biology) a group of organisms forming a subdivision of a larger category
8: (botany) taxonomic unit of plants corresponding to a phylum
9: a unit of the United States Air Force usually comprising two or more wings [syn: division, air division]
10: a group of ships of similar type [syn: division, naval division]
11: an arithmetic operation that is the inverse of multiplication; the quotient of two numbers is computed
12: the act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart [syn: division, partition, partitioning, segmentation, sectionalization, sectionalisation]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French devision, from Latin division-, divisio, from dividere to divide Date: 14th century 1. a. the act or process of dividing ; the state of being divided b. the act, process, or an instance of distributing among a number ; distribution c. obsolete a method of arranging or disposing (as troops) 2. one of the parts or groupings into which a whole is divided or is divisible 3. the condition or an instance of being divided in opinion or interest ; disagreement, disunity <exploited the divisions between the two countries> 4. a. something that divides, separates, or marks off b. the act, process, or an instance of separating or keeping apart ; separation 5. the mathematical operation of dividing something 6. a. a self-contained major military unit capable of independent action b. a tactical military unit composed of headquarters and usually three to five brigades c. (1) the basic naval administrative unit (2) a tactical subdivision of a squadron of ships d. a unit of the United States Air Force higher than a wing and lower than an air force 7. a. a portion of a territorial unit marked off for a particular purpose (as administrative or judicial functions) b. an administrative or operating unit of a governmental, business, or educational organization 8. the physical separation into different lobbies of the members of a parliamentary body voting for and against a question 9. plant propagation by dividing parts and planting segments capable of producing roots and shoots 10. a group of organisms forming part of a larger group; specifically a primary category of the plant kingdom in biological taxonomy that is typically equivalent to a phylum 11. a competitive class or category (as in boxing or wrestling) Synonyms: see part divisional adjective

U.S. Military Dictionary

(*) 1. A tactical unit/formation as follows: a. A major administrative and tactical unit/formation which combines in itself the necessary arms and services required for sustained combat, larger than a regiment/brigade and smaller than a corps. b. A number of naval vessels of similar type grouped together for operational and administrative command, or a tactical unit of a naval aircraft squadron, consisting of two or more sections. c. An air division is an air combat organization normally consisting of two or more wings with appropriate service units. The combat wings of an air division will normally contain similar type units. 2. An organizational part of a headquarters that handles military matters of a particular nature, such as personnel, intelligence, plans, and training, or supply and evacuation. 3. (DOD only) A number of personnel of a ship's complement grouped together for tactical and administrative control.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the act or an instance of dividing; the process of being divided. 2 Math. the process of dividing one number by another (see also long division (see LONG(1)), short division). 3 disagreement or discord (division of opinion). 4 Parl. the separation of members of a legislative body into two sets for counting votes for and against. 5 one of two or more parts into which a thing is divided. 6 a major unit of administration or organization, esp.: a a group of army brigades or regiments. b Sport a grouping of teams within a league, usu. by ability. 7 a a district defined for administrative purposes. b Brit. a part of a county or borough returning a Member of Parliament. 8 a Bot. a major taxonomic grouping. b Zool. a subsidiary category between major levels of classification. 9 Logic a classification of kinds, parts, or senses. Phrases and idioms: division of labour the improvement of efficiency by giving different parts of a manufacturing process etc. to different people. division sign the sign (*!) indicating that one quantity is to be divided by another. Derivatives: divisional adj. divisionally adv. divisionary adj. Etymology: ME f. OF divisiun f. L divisio -onis (as DIVIDE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Division Di*vi"sion, n. [F. division, L. divisio, from dividere. See Divide.] 1. The act or process of diving anything into parts, or the state of being so divided; separation. I was overlooked in the division of the spoil. --Gibbon. 2. That which divides or keeps apart; a partition. 3. The portion separated by the divining of a mass or body; a distinct segment or section. Communities and divisions of men. --Addison. 4. Disunion; difference in opinion or feeling; discord; variance; alienation. There was a division among the people. --John vii. 43. 5. Difference of condition; state of distinction; distinction; contrast. --Chaucer. I will put a division between my people and thy people. --Ex. viii. 23. 6. Separation of the members of a deliberative body, esp. of the Houses of Parliament, to ascertain the vote. The motion passed without a division. --Macaulay. 7. (Math.) The process of finding how many times one number or quantity is contained in another; the reverse of multiplication; also, the rule by which the operation is performed. 8. (Logic) The separation of a genus into its constituent species. 9. (Mil.) (a) Two or more brigades under the command of a general officer. (b) Two companies of infantry maneuvering as one subdivision of a battalion. (c) One of the larger districts into which a country is divided for administering military affairs. 10. (Naut.) One of the groups into which a fleet is divided. 11. (Mus.) A course of notes so running into each other as to form one series or chain, to be sung in one breath to one syllable. 12. (Rhet.) The distribution of a discourse into parts; a part so distinguished. 13. (Biol.) A grade or rank in classification; a portion of a tribe or of a class; or, in some recent authorities, equivalent to a subkingdom. Cell division (Biol.), a method of cell increase, in which new cells are formed by the division of the parent cell. In this process, the cell nucleus undergoes peculiar differentiations and changes, as shown in the figure (see also Karyokinesis). At the same time the protoplasm of the cell becomes gradually constricted by a furrow transverse to the long axis of the nuclear spindle, followed, on the completion of the division of the nucleus, by a separation of the cell contents into two masses, called the daughter cells. Long division (Math.), the process of division when the operations are mostly written down. Short division (Math.), the process of division when the operations are mentally performed and only the results written down; -- used principally when the divisor is not greater than ten or twelve. Syn: compartment; section; share; allotment; distribution; separation; partition; disjunction; disconnection; difference; variance; discord; disunion.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Compound Com"pound, a. [OE. compouned, p. p. of compounen. See Compound, v. t.] Composed of two or more elements, ingredients, parts; produced by the union of several ingredients, parts, or things; composite; as, a compound word. Compound substances are made up of two or more simple substances. --I. Watts. Compound addition, subtraction, multiplication, division (Arith.), the addition, subtraction, etc., of compound numbers. Compound crystal (Crystallog.), a twin crystal, or one seeming to be made up of two or more crystals combined according to regular laws of composition. Compound engine (Mech.), a form of steam engine in which the steam that has been used in a high-pressure cylinder is made to do further service in a larger low-pressure cylinder, sometimes in several larger cylinders, successively. Compound ether. (Chem.) See under Ether. Compound flower (Bot.), a flower head resembling a single flower, but really composed of several florets inclosed in a common calyxlike involucre, as the sunflower or dandelion. Compound fraction. (Math.) See Fraction. Compound fracture. See Fracture. Compound householder, a householder who compounds or arranges with his landlord that his rates shall be included in his rents. [Eng.] Compound interest. See Interest. Compound larceny. (Law) See Larceny. Compound leaf (Bot.), a leaf having two or more separate blades or leaflets on a common leafstalk. Compound microscope. See Microscope. Compound motion. See Motion. Compound number (Math.), one constructed according to a varying scale of denomination; as, 3 cwt., 1 qr., 5 lb.; -- called also denominate number. Compound pier (Arch.), a clustered column. Compound quantity (Alg.), a quantity composed of two or more simple quantities or terms, connected by the sign + (plus) or - (minus). Thus, a + b - c, and bb - b, are compound quantities. Compound radical. (Chem.) See Radical. Compound ratio (Math.), the product of two or more ratios; thus ab:cd is a ratio compounded of the simple ratios a:c and b:d. Compound rest (Mech.), the tool carriage of an engine lathe. Compound screw (Mech.), a screw having on the same axis two or more screws with different pitch (a differential screw), or running in different directions (a right and left screw). Compound time (Mus.), that in which two or more simple measures are combined in one; as, 6-8 time is the joining of two measures of 3-8 time. Compound word, a word composed of two or more words; specifically, two or more words joined together by a hyphen.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(divisions) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. The division of a large unit into two or more distinct parts is the act of separating it into these parts. ...the unification of Germany, after its division into two states at the end of World War Two. N-UNCOUNT: oft with poss, oft N into pl-n 2. The division of something among people or things is its separation into parts which are distributed among the people or things. The current division of labor between workers and management will alter. N-UNCOUNT: oft N of n among/between pl-n 3. Division is the arithmetical process of dividing one number into another number. I taught my daughter how to do division at the age of six. ? multiplication 4. A division is a significant distinction or argument between two groups, which causes the two groups to be considered as very different and separate. The division between the prosperous west and the impoverished east remains. = divide N-VAR: oft N between/among pl-n 5. In a large organization, a division is a group of departments whose work is done in the same place or is connected with similar tasks. ...the bank's Latin American division. N-COUNT: usu supp N 6. A division is a group of military units which fight as a single unit. Several armoured divisions are being moved from Germany. N-COUNT: usu supp N 7. In some sports, such as football, baseball, and basketball, a division is one of the groups of teams which make up a league. The teams in each division are considered to be approximately the same standard, and they all play against each other during the season. N-COUNT: usu supp N

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

di-vizh'-un: Used in English Versions of the Bible in the following senses:

(1) A separate body of people

(a) of the tribal divisions of Israel (Jos 11:23; 12:7; 18:10);

(b) of sections of a tribe, "the divisions of Reuben" (Jud 5:15,16 the King James Version; but the Revised Version (British and American) rightly substitutes "the watercourses of Reuben"; in Job 20:17 the same word is rendered "rivers");

(c) of the (late) organization of priests and Levites into classes or families who ministered in the temple in rotation; translated "courses" generally in the King James Version, and always in the Revised Version (British and American) (1Ch 24:1; 26:1,12,19; Ne 11:36; compare 2Ch 35:5). Much prominence is given by the Chronicler to the 24 classes of priests, singers, and doorkeepers, who served in turns in the temple (compare Lu 1:5,8).

(3) In the New Testament, dissension, disunion, schism (Lu 12:51; Ro 16:17; 1Co 3:3 the King James Version, omitted the Revised Version (British and American); 1Co 1:10; 11:18; Ga 5:20).

D. Miall Edwards

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Separation. 2. Portion, section, class, head, category. 3. Partition, demarcation. 4. Compartment, separate part. 5. Apportionment, allotment, distribution. 6. Difference, disagreement, variance, breach rupture, disunion, discord, feud, alienation, es trangement.

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