subdivision

When something large or complex is split into smaller parts, you can call each part a subdivision. The act of separating something into parts is also called subdivision.

In North America, when someone mentions a subdivision, they probably mean a suburban neighborhood. When planned communities are designed, developers subdivide the plots of land to make it easier to sell them. If a botanist talks about subdivisions, she means something completely different: a ranked group of plants. No matter how the word is used, a subdivision is basically a smaller section of a section, or a part of something that's divided.

Definitions of subdivision
  1. noun
    the act of subdividing; division of something previously divided
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    division, partition, partitioning, sectionalisation, sectionalization, segmentation
    the act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart
  2. noun
    a division of some larger or more complex organization
    synonyms: arm, branch
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    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
    type of:
    division
    an administrative unit in government or business
  3. noun
    a section of a section; a part of a part; i.e., a part of something already divided
    synonyms: subsection
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    section, segment
    one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object
  4. noun
    an area composed of subdivided lots
  5. noun
    a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)
    synonyms: section
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    lead, lead-in, lede
    the introductory section of a story
    canto
    a major division of a long poem
    above
    an earlier section of a written text
    sports section
    the section of a newspaper that reports on sports
    article, clause
    a separate section of a legal document (as a statute or contract or will)
    book
    a major division of a long written composition
    chapter
    a subdivision of a written work; usually numbered and titled
    episode
    a brief section of a literary or dramatic work that forms part of a connected series
    spot
    a section of an entertainment that is assigned to a specific performer or performance
    spot
    a short section or illustration (as between radio or tv programs or in a magazine) that is often used for advertising
    insert
    a folded section placed between the leaves of another publication
    introduction
    the first section of a communication
    narration
    (rhetoric) the second section of an oration in which the facts are set forth
    close, closing, conclusion, end, ending
    the last section of a communication
    passage
    a section of text; particularly a section of medium length
    mezuza, mezuzah
    religious texts from Deuteronomy inscribed on parchment and rolled up in a case that is attached to the doorframe of many Jewish households in accordance with Jewish law
    sura
    one of the sections (or chapters) in the Koran
    exposition
    (music) the section of a movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes first occur
    obbligato, obligato
    a part of the score that must be performed without change or omission
    recapitulation
    (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) in which musical themes that were introduced earlier are repeated
    development
    (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated
    verse
    a group of lines that form one section of a song or poem
    verse
    one of short subdivisions of a chapter in the Bible
    anticlimax, bathos
    a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one
    arbitration clause
    a clause in a contract providing for arbitration of disputes arising under the contract
    deductible
    a clause in an insurance policy that relieves the insurer of responsibility to pay the initial loss up to a stated amount
    double indemnity
    a clause in an insurance policy that provides for double the face value of the policy in the case of accidental death
    escalator, escalator clause
    a clause in a contract that provides for an increase or a decrease in wages or prices or benefits etc. depending on certain conditions (as a change in the cost of living index)
    joker
    an inconspicuous clause in a document or bill that affects its meaning in a way that is not immediately apparent
    reserve clause
    a clause that used to be part of the contract with a professional athlete extending the contract for a year beyond its expiration
    rider
    a clause that is appended to a legislative bill
    exordium
    (rhetoric) the introductory section of an oration or discourse
    opening
    the initial part of the introduction
    foreword, preface, prolusion
    a short introductory essay preceding the text of a book
    preamble
    a preliminary introduction to a statute or constitution (usually explaining its purpose)
    prolegomenon
    a preliminary discussion inserted at the beginning of a book or treatise
    afterword, epilog, epilogue
    a short section added at the end of a literary work
    epilog, epilogue
    a short speech (often in verse) addressed directly to the audience by an actor at the end of a play
    peroration
    (rhetoric) the concluding section of an oration
    excerpt, excerption, extract, selection
    a passage selected from a larger work
    locus classicus
    an authoritative and often-quoted passage
    place
    the passage that is being read
    purple passage
    a passage full of ornate and flowery language
    transition
    a passage that connects a topic to one that follows
    Epistle
    a book of the New Testament written in the form of a letter from an Apostle
    prologue
    an introduction to a play
    coda, finale
    the closing section of a musical composition
    text
    a passage from the Bible that is used as the subject of a sermon
    prologue
    an introductory section of a novel or other literary work
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    piece of writing, writing, written material
    the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)
    music
    an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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