Definition of division noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    division

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    noun
    BrE BrE//dɪˈvɪʒn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvɪʒn//
     
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    into separate parts
  1. 1  [uncountable, singular] the process or result of dividing into separate parts; the process or result of dividing something or sharing it out cell division division of something a fair division of time and resources division of something between A and B the division of labour between the sexes division (of something) into something the division of the population into age groups a distinction which cuts right across the familiar division into arts and sciences See related entries: Cell biology
  2. mathematics
  3. 2   [uncountable] the process of dividing one number by another the division sign (÷) compare multiplication see also long division See related entries: Mathematical terminology
  4. disagreement/difference
  5. 3  [countable, uncountable] a disagreement or difference in opinion, way of life, etc., especially between members of a society or an organization division (in/within something) There are deep divisions in the party over the war. the work of healing the divisions within society division (between A and B) divisions between rich and poor social/class divisions
  6. part of organization
  7. 4[countable + singular or plural verb] (abbreviation Div.) a large and important unit or section of an organization the company’s sales division
  8. in sport
  9. 5[countable + singular or plural verb] (abbreviation Div.) (in Britain) one of the group of teams that a sport competition is divided into, especially in football (soccer ) the first division/division one a first-division team See related entries: Soccer
  10. part of army
  11. 6[countable + singular or plural verb] (abbreviation Div.) a unit of an army, consisting of several brigades or regiments the Guards Armoured Division
  12. border
  13. 7[countable] a line that divides something A hedge forms the division between their land and ours.
  14. in parliament
  15. 8[countable] (specialist) the separation of members of the British parliament into groups to vote for or against something The Bill was read without a division.
  16. Word Familydivide verb noundivision noundivisive adjective Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French devisiun, from Latin divisio(n-), from the verb dividere ‘force apart, remove’.Extra examples He’s now playing football in the higher divisions. His will detailed his assets and gave instructions for their division among his children. In selling there is a broad division into direct and indirect methods. She works in the marketing division. Sometimes there is no simple division between good and evil. The Ravens finished 10–6 and won the division. The company recently launched its publishing division. The prime minister’s speech will attempt to heal divisions within his party. The speech is intended to heal divisions within the party. The team have a three game division lead. The team won its tenth consecutive division title. There are reports of serious divisions among senior party members. There are sharp divisions within the party over the privatization of the railways. There are sharp divisions within the party over the proposals. They compete in the senior division of the chess league. You can make a rough division of his music into ‘light’ and ‘serious’. an unequal division of the cake an unfair division of labour division by three division within the government factional divisions within the party faith and love which transcends every division and prejudice hierarchical division between ‘workers’ and ‘management’ the administrative divisions of the Roman Empire the conventional division of language into grammar and vocabulary the division of the money between the members Divisions between rich and poor seem to grow ever wider. In many traditional societies, the division of labour between the sexes is strict. The commander of the fourth infantry division defied orders. The company’s sales division is going to be restructured. The organism begins as a single cell and grows by cell division. The party was weakened by division between various factions. There are deep divisions in the party over European monetary union. This division of the population into age groups is obviously convenient for marketing purposes. This is a distinction which cuts right across the familiar division into arts and sciences. We need to ensure a fair division of time and resources. We need to work together to heal the divisions within society.
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