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[suhb-di-vizh-uh n] /ˈsʌb dɪˌvɪʒ ən/
the act or fact of subdividing.
a product of subdividing, as a section of a department.
a portion of land divided into lots for real-estate development.
Botany, Mycology. a category of related classes within a division or phylum.
Origin of subdivision
1545-55; < Late Latin subdīvīsiōn- (stem of subdīvīsiō), equivalent to subdīvīs(us) (past participle of subdīvīdere to subdivide) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for subdivision
  • 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


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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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