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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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  • Probably the division-of-labor science never had a happier illustration than is presented by their agreement.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
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 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
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