division
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /dɪˈvɪʒən/
Noun

division

  1. (uncountable) The act or process of dividing anything.
  2. Each of the separate parts of something resulting from division.
  3. (arithmetic, uncountable) The process of dividing a number by another.
  4. (arithmetic) A calculation that involves this process.
    I've got ten divisions to do for my homework.
  5. (military) A formation, usually made up of two or three brigades.
  6. A usually high-level section of a large company or conglomerate.
  7. (taxonomy) A rank below kingdom and above class, particularly used of plants or fungi, also (particularly of animals) called a phylum; a taxon at that rank.
    Magnolias belong to the division Magnoliophyta.
  8. A disagreement; a difference of viewpoint between two sides of an argument.
  9. (government) A method by which a legislature is separated into groups in order to take a better estimate of vote than a voice vote.
    The House of Commons has voted to approve the third reading of the bill without a division. The bill will now progress to the House of Lords.
  10. (music) A florid instrumental variation of a melody in the 17th and 18th centuries, originally conceived as the dividing of each of a succession of long notes into several short ones.
  11. (music) A set of pipes in a pipe organ which are independently controlled and supplied.
  12. (legal) A concept whereby a common group of debtors are only responsible for their proportionate sum of the total debt.
  13. (computing) Any of the four major parts of a COBOL program source code
  14. (UK, Eton College) A lesson; a class.
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