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division of labor

noun, Economics
a production process in which a worker or group of workers is assigned a specialized task in order to increase efficiency.
Origin of division of labor
1770-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for division of labor
  • Ours are based on a detailed division of labor and cooperation between genetically unrelated individuals in large groups.
  • It lays down the doctrine that the increased productivity of the industry of modern societies is due to division of labor.
  • To carry the work on quicker, a division of labor was made.
  • The partners maintain a division of labor and support that allows both to progress toward their individual and family goals.
  • Look for a way to diplomatically establish division of labor between you and your lazy colleague.
  • The division of labor by the two cerebral hemispheres-once thought to be uniquely human-predates us by half a billion years.
  • Until now, researchers believed our brain had a basic division of labor between gray matter and white matter.
  • Rather, the so-called decline is due to a change in the mind's division of labor.
  • Furthermore, there was division of labor between cells.
  • Agricultural surpluses led to division of labor, the rise of cities, and technological innovation.
Contemporary definitions for division of labor

the breakdown of work into its tasks or parts and assigned to various people, groups, or machines for the purposes of efficiency's 21st Century Lexicon
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division of labor in Culture

division of labor definition

Dividing a job into many specialized parts, with a single worker or a few workers assigned to each part. Division of labor is important to mass production.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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