Division is breaking something down into parts, splitting it up. When you have division of labor, everybody does her part.

Division is a noun. It refers to taking a hunk — of pie, clothes, numbers, people — and splitting it into smaller bits. A division in the military sense is a group large enough to go to battle. Blame British mathematician John Pell for the long division you learned in math class (but proceeded to forget once you discovered the calculator). Any way you slice it, division is the process of separating something into smaller parts.

Primary Meanings of division

the act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart
an army unit large enough to sustain combat
discord that splits a group
(botany) taxonomic unit of plants corresponding to a phylum
Full Definitions of division

n the act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart

partition, partitioning, sectionalisation, sectionalization, segmentation
the act of subdividing; division of something previously divided
the division or partitioning of a cavity into parts by a septum
dividing an area into zones or sections reserved for different purposes such as residence and business and manufacturing etc
Type of:
the act of dividing or disconnecting

n the act or process of dividing

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the division into parcels
the act of cleaving or splitting
dividing into two equal parts
dividing into four equal parts
schism, split
division of a group into opposing factions
cut, cutting
the act of cutting something into parts
atomisation, atomization, fragmentation
separating something into fine particles
branching, fork, forking, ramification
the act of branching out or dividing into branches
dichotomisation, dichotomization
the act of dividing into two sharply different categories
quantisation, quantization
the act of dividing into quanta or expressing in terms of quantum theory
separation into portions
syllabication, syllabification
forming or dividing words into syllables
hyphenation, word division
division of a word especially at the end of a line on a page
cut, cutting
the division of a deck of cards before dealing
severance, severing
the act of severing
cutting so as to separate into pieces
the act of dividing by cutting or splitting
the act of cutting into slices
a cut made underneath to remove material
the act of splitting into two branches
the act of splitting into three branches
branching at a wide angle
act or process of forming fibrils
Type of:
the act of dividing or disconnecting

n an arithmetic operation that is the inverse of multiplication; the quotient of two numbers is computed

long division
the operation of division in which the sequence of steps are indicated in detail
short division
the operation of division in which the sequence of steps is performed without writing them out
Type of:
arithmetic operation
a mathematical operation involving numbers

n one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole

“the BBC's engineering division
part, section
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one of the ten divisions into which bowling is divided
the first part or section of something
an intermediate part or section
a final part or section
high point
the most enjoyable part of a given experience
component, constituent, element, factor, ingredient
an abstract part of something
chukka, chukker
(polo) one of six divisions into which a polo match is divided
frame, inning
(baseball) one of nine divisions of play during which each team has a turn at bat
(tennis) a division of play during which one player serves
bout, round, turn
(sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive
first period
the first division into which the play of a game is divided
second period
the second division into which the play of a game is divided
final period
the final division into which the play of a game is divided
one of two divisions into which some games or performances are divided: the two divisions are separated by an interval
(ice hockey) one of three divisions into which play is divided in hockey games
(football, professional basketball) one of four divisions into which some games are divided
(cricket) the division of play during which six balls are bowled at the batsman by one player from the other team from the same end of the pitch
be all and end all, be-all and end-all
the essential factor; the all-important element; the supreme aim
plot element
a component or element of the plot of a story
a geometric element that has position but no extension
top, top of the inning
the first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat
bottom, bottom of the inning
the second half of an inning; while the home team is at bat
first half
the first of two halves of play
last half, second half
the second of two halves of play
maiden, maiden over
(cricket) an over in which no runs are scored
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concept, conception, construct
an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

n an army unit large enough to sustain combat

“two infantry divisions were held in reserve”
Special Forces, U. S. Army Special Forces, United States Army Special Forces
a division of the United States Army that is specially trained for guerilla fighting
Type of:
army unit
a military unit that is part of an army

n a unit of the United States Air Force usually comprising two or more wings

air division
Type of:
air unit
a military unit that is part of the airforce

n a group of ships of similar type

naval division
Type of:
naval unit
a military unit that is part of a navy

n an administrative unit in government or business

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department, section
a specialized division of a large organization
arm, branch, subdivision
a division of some larger or more complex organization
academic department
a division of a school that is responsible for a given subject
business department
a division of a business firm
personnel, personnel department, personnel office, staff office
the department responsible for hiring and training and placing employees and for setting policies for personnel management
government department
a department of government
payroll, payroll department
the department that determines the amounts of wage or salary due to each employee
security, security department
a department responsible for the security of the institution's property and workers
local post office, post office
a local branch where postal services are available"
Executive Office of the President, executive branch
the branch of the United States government that is responsible for carrying out the laws
legislative branch
the branch of the United States government that has the power of legislating
judicial branch
the branch of the United States government responsible for the administration of justice
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administrative body, administrative unit
a unit with administrative responsibilities

n a league ranked by quality

“Princeton is in the NCAA Division 1-AA”
Type of:
conference, league
an association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members

n discord that splits a group

Type of:
discord, dissension
disagreement among those expected to cooperate

n (botany) taxonomic unit of plants corresponding to a phylum

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Protista, division Protista
eukaryotic one-celled living organisms distinct from multicellular plants and animals: protozoa, slime molds, and eukaryotic algae
used only in former classifications: comprising what is now considered a heterogeneous assemblage of flowerless and seedless organisms: algae; bacteria; fungi; lichens
Tracheophyta, division Tracheophyta
in former classifications: comprising plants with a vascular system including ferns and fern allies as well as seed plants
Bryophyta, division Bryophyta
a division of nonflowering plants characterized by rhizoids rather than true roots and having little or no organized vascular tissue and showing alternation of generations between gamete-bearing forms and spore-bearing forms; comprises true mosses (Bryopsida) and liverworts (Hepaticopsida) and hornworts (Anthoceropsida)
Pteridophyta, division Pteridophyta
containing all the vascular plants that do not bear seeds: ferns, horsetails, club mosses, and whisk ferns; in some classifications considered a subdivision of Tracheophyta
Spermatophyta, division Spermatophyta
seed plants; comprises the Angiospermae (or Magnoliophyta) and Gymnospermae (or Gymnospermophyta); in some classification systems Spermatophyta is coordinate with Pteridophyta (spore producing plants having vascular tissue and roots) and Bryophyta (spore producing plants lacking vascular tissue and roots)
in former classification systems: one of two major plant divisions, including all seed-bearing plants; superseded by the division Spermatophyta
in former classification systems: one of two major plant divisions, including all plants that do not bear seeds: ferns, mosses, algae, fungi
Pteropsida, subdivision Pteropsida
used in former classifications to include all ferns and flowering plants and divided into the three classes Filicinae and Gymnospermae and Angiospermae
Zygomycota, Zygomycotina, subdivision Zygomycota, subdivision Zygomycotina
division of fungi having sexually produced zygospores
Gymnomycota, Myxomycota, division Gymnomycota, division Myxomycota
slime molds; organisms having a noncellular and multinucleate creeping vegetative phase and a propagative spore-producing stage: comprises Myxomycetes and Acrasiomycetes; in some classifications placed in the kingdom Protoctista
Mastigomycota, Mastigomycotina, subdivision Mastigomycota, subdivision Mastigomycotina
fungi in which the spores and gametes are motile; in some systems placed in the Phycomycetes group with the Zygomycota
Lichenes, division Lichenes
comprising the lichens which grow symbiotically with algae; sometimes treated as an independent group more or less coordinate with algae and fungi
Eumycota, division Eumycota
true fungi; eukaryotic heterotrophic walled organisms; distinguished from Myxomycota (funguslike slime molds): comprises subdivisions Mastigomycotina; Zygomycotina; Ascomycotina; Basidiomycotina; Deuteromycotina (imperfect fungi)
Deuteromycota, Deuteromycotina, Fungi imperfecti, subdivision Deuteromycota, subdivision Deuteromycotina
large and heterogeneous form division of fungi comprising forms for which no sexually reproductive stage is known
Basidiomycota, Basidiomycotina, subdivision Basidiomycota, subdivision Basidiomycotina
comprises fungi bearing the spores on a basidium; includes Gasteromycetes (puffballs) and Tiliomycetes comprising the orders Ustilaginales (smuts) and Uredinales (rusts) and Hymenomycetes (mushrooms, toadstools, agarics and bracket fungi); in some classification systems considered a division of kingdom Fungi
Ascomycota, Ascomycotina, subdivision Ascomycota, subdivision Ascomycotina
a large subdivision of Eumycota including Hemiascomycetes and Plectomycetes and Pyrenomycetes and Discomycetes; sac fungi; in some classification systems considered a division of the kingdom Fungi
used in some classifications for the class Lycopsida: club mosses
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(biology) the major taxonomic group of animals and plants; contains classes

n (biology) a group of organisms forming a subdivision of a larger category

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division Archaebacteria
in some classifications considered a kingdom
division Eubacteria
one-celled monerans having simple cells with rigid walls and (in motile types) flagella
Cyanophyta, division Cyanophyta
prokaryotic organisms sometimes considered a class or phylum or subkingdom; coextensive with the Cyanophyceae: cyanobacteria (blue-green algae)
Schizophyta, division Schizophyta
former term for the Cyanophyta
Heterokontophyta, division Heterokontophyta
algae having chlorophyll a and usually c, and flagella of unequal lengths; terminology supersedes Chrysophyta in some classifications
Chrysophyta, division Chrysophyta
mostly freshwater eukaryotic algae having the chlorophyll masked by brown or yellow pigment; yellow-green and golden-brown algae and diatoms: Xanthophyceae, Chrysophyceae, Bacillariophyceae; some classification systems superseded or subsumed by Heterokontophyta
Phaeophyta, division Phaeophyta
coextensive with class Phaeophyceae; in some classifications subsumed in the division Heterokontophyta
Euglenophyta, division Euglenophyta
free-swimming flagellate algae
Chlorophyta, division Chlorophyta
large division of chiefly freshwater eukaryotic algae that possess chlorophyll a and b, store food as starch, and cellulose cell walls; classes Chlorophyceae, Ulvophyceae, and Charophyceae; obviously ancestral to land plants
Rhodophyta, division Rhodophyta
lower plants; mostly marine and littoral eukaryotic algae
Cynodontia, division Cynodontia
a division of the order Therapsida from the Triassic period comprising small carnivorous tetrapod reptiles often with mammal-like teeth
Dicynodontia, division Dicynodontia
a division of Therapsida
a group of vertebrates comprising both cartilaginous and bony fishes and sometimes including the jawless vertebrates; not used technically
form division
an artificial taxonomic category for organisms of which the true relationships are obscure
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biological group
a group of plants or animals

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