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subdivision

[suhb-di-vizh-uh n] /ˈsʌb dɪˌvɪʒ ən/
noun
1.
the act or fact of subdividing.
2.
a product of subdividing, as a section of a department.
3.
a portion of land divided into lots for real-estate development.
4.
Botany, Mycology. a category of related classes within a division or phylum.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Late Latin subdīvīsiōn- (stem of subdīvīsiō), equivalent to subdīvīs(us) (past participle of subdīvīdere to subdivide) + -iōn- -ion
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  • Instead of the woods that separated our house from the railroad tracks, there was a new subdivision.
  • One way that evolution can begin is subdivision with migration ceasing among populations.
  • After the paragraph has been written, it should be examined to see whether subdivision will not improve it.
  • Animatism, the animation theory of seemingly inanimate nature, is a further subdivision which also includes animatism and animism.
  • Another play on words will facilitate the transition to a new subdivision of the technique of double meaning.
  • Ant experts have recently been waging a war against all types of species subdivision.
  • Yet building an auto-serviced housing subdivision uses up far more land than does a village clustered around a rail station.
  • So each subdivision can experiment on their own and react quickly without having to answer to superiors far away from the scene.
  • Each subdivision has a paragraph or two introducing the main idea that unites the various predictions in that section.
  • No injuries were reported in the fires, which began before dawn in the wooded subdivision and were still smoldering by midmorning.
British Dictionary definitions for subdivision

subdivision

/ˈsʌbdɪˌvɪʒən/
noun
1.
the process, instance, or state of being divided again following upon an earlier division
2.
a portion that is the result of subdividing
3.
(US & Canadian) a tract of land for building resulting from subdividing land
4.
(Canadian) a housing development built on such a tract
Derived Forms
subdivisional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for subdivision
n.

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.

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