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NOUN (12)

1. an army unit large enough to sustain combat;
- Example: "two infantry divisions were held in reserve"

2. one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole;
- Example: "the written part of the exam"
- Example: "the finance section of the company"
- Example: "the BBC's engineering division"
[syn: part, section, division]

3. the act or process of dividing;

4. an administrative unit in government or business;

5. discord that splits a group;
[syn: division, variance]

6. a league ranked by quality;
- Example: "he played baseball in class D for two years"
- Example: "Princeton is in the NCAA Division 1-AA"
[syn: class, division]

7. (biology) a group of organisms forming a subdivision of a larger category;

8. (botany) taxonomic unit of plants corresponding to a phylum;

9. a unit of the United States Air Force usually comprising two or more wings;
[syn: division, air division]

10. a group of ships of similar type;
[syn: division, naval division]

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

12. the act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart;
[syn: division, partition, partitioning, segmentation, sectionalization, sectionalisation]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Compound \Com"pound\, a. [OE. compouned, p. p. of compounen. See Compound, v. t.] Composed of two or more elements, ingredients, parts; produced by the union of several ingredients, parts, or things; composite; as, a compound word. [1913 Webster] Compound substances are made up of two or more simple substances. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster] Compound addition, subtraction, multiplication, division (Arith.), the addition, subtraction, etc., of compound numbers. Compound crystal (Crystallog.), a twin crystal, or one seeming to be made up of two or more crystals combined according to regular laws of composition. Compound engine (Mech.), a form of steam engine in which the steam that has been used in a high-pressure cylinder is made to do further service in a larger low-pressure cylinder, sometimes in several larger cylinders, successively. Compound ether. (Chem.) See under Ether. Compound flower (Bot.), a flower head resembling a single flower, but really composed of several florets inclosed in a common calyxlike involucre, as the sunflower or dandelion. Compound fraction. (Math.) See Fraction. Compound fracture. See Fracture. Compound householder, a householder who compounds or arranges with his landlord that his rates shall be included in his rents. [Eng.] Compound interest. See Interest. Compound larceny. (Law) See Larceny. Compound leaf (Bot.), a leaf having two or more separate blades or leaflets on a common leafstalk. Compound microscope. See Microscope. Compound motion. See Motion. Compound number (Math.), one constructed according to a varying scale of denomination; as, 3 cwt., 1 qr., 5 lb.; -- called also denominate number. Compound pier (Arch.), a clustered column. Compound quantity (Alg.), a quantity composed of two or more simple quantities or terms, connected by the sign + (plus) or - (minus). Thus, a + b - c, and bb - b, are compound quantities. Compound radical. (Chem.) See Radical. Compound ratio (Math.), the product of two or more ratios; thus ab:cd is a ratio compounded of the simple ratios a:c and b:d. Compound rest (Mech.), the tool carriage of an engine lathe. Compound screw (Mech.), a screw having on the same axis two or more screws with different pitch (a differential screw), or running in different directions (a right and left screw). Compound time (Mus.), that in which two or more simple measures are combined in one; as, 6-8 time is the joining of two measures of 3-8 time. Compound word, a word composed of two or more words; specifically, two or more words joined together by a hyphen. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Division \Di*vi"sion\, n. [F. division, L. divisio, from dividere. See Divide.] 1. The act or process of diving anything into parts, or the state of being so divided; separation. [1913 Webster] I was overlooked in the division of the spoil. --Gibbon. [1913 Webster] 2. That which divides or keeps apart; a partition. [1913 Webster] 3. The portion separated by the divining of a mass or body; a distinct segment or section. [1913 Webster] Communities and divisions of men. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 4. Disunion; difference in opinion or feeling; discord; variance; alienation. [1913 Webster] There was a division among the people. --John vii. 43. [1913 Webster] 5. Difference of condition; state of distinction; distinction; contrast. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] I will put a division between my people and thy people. --Ex. viii. 23. [1913 Webster] 6. Separation of the members of a deliberative body, esp. of the Houses of Parliament, to ascertain the vote. [1913 Webster] The motion passed without a division. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 7. (Math.) The process of finding how many times one number or quantity is contained in another; the reverse of multiplication; also, the rule by which the operation is performed. [1913 Webster] 8. (Logic) The separation of a genus into its constituent species. [1913 Webster] 9. (Mil.) (a) Two or more brigades under the command of a general officer. (b) Two companies of infantry maneuvering as one subdivision of a battalion. (c) One of the larger districts into which a country is divided for administering military affairs. [1913 Webster] 10. (Naut.) One of the groups into which a fleet is divided. [1913 Webster] 11. (Mus.) A course of notes so running into each other as to form one series or chain, to be sung in one breath to one syllable. [1913 Webster] 12. (Rhet.) The distribution of a discourse into parts; a part so distinguished. [1913 Webster] 13. (Biol.) A grade or rank in classification; a portion of a tribe or of a class; or, in some recent authorities, equivalent to a subkingdom. [1913 Webster] Cell division (Biol.), a method of cell increase, in which new cells are formed by the division of the parent cell. In this process, the cell nucleus undergoes peculiar differentiations and changes, as shown in the figure (see also Karyokinesis). At the same time the protoplasm of the cell becomes gradually constricted by a furrow transverse to the long axis of the nuclear spindle, followed, on the completion of the division of the nucleus, by a separation of the cell contents into two masses, called the daughter cells. Long division (Math.), the process of division when the operations are mostly written down. Short division (Math.), the process of division when the operations are mentally performed and only the results written down; -- used principally when the divisor is not greater than ten or twelve. Syn: compartment; section; share; allotment; distribution; separation; partition; disjunction; disconnection; difference; variance; discord; disunion. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

division n 1: an army unit large enough to sustain combat; "two infantry divisions were held in reserve" 2: one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole; "the written part of the exam"; "the finance section of the company"; "the BBC's engineering division" [syn: part, section, division] 3: the act or process of dividing 4: an administrative unit in government or business 5: discord that splits a group [syn: division, variance] 6: a league ranked by quality; "he played baseball in class D for two years"; "Princeton is in the NCAA Division 1-AA" [syn: class, division] 7: (biology) a group of organisms forming a subdivision of a larger category 8: (botany) taxonomic unit of plants corresponding to a phylum 9: a unit of the United States Air Force usually comprising two or more wings [syn: division, air division] 10: a group of ships of similar type [syn: division, naval division] 11: an arithmetic operation that is the inverse of multiplication; the quotient of two numbers is computed 12: the act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart [syn: division, partition, partitioning, segmentation, sectionalization, sectionalisation]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

591 Moby Thesaurus words for "division": Australian ballot, Hare system, Jim Crow, KP, Naval Construction Battalion, RN, Royal Navy, Seabees, USN, United States Navy, aberration, abstraction, addition, adjunct, affiliate, affiliation, age group, agreement to disagree, airspace, alien, alienation, allotment, alteration, anacrusis, analysis, analyzation, anatomization, anatomizing, anatomy, apartheid, apportioning, apportionment, approximation, area, argosy, arm, armada, army, army group, arrangement, assay, assaying, atomization, aye, ballot, band, barrier, bass passage, battalion, battery, battle group, belt, bevy, bifidity, bifurcation, bipartition, bisection, blood, body, border, borderline, boundary line, bourdon, bracket, branch, branch office, branching, brattice, breach, breach of friendship, break, breakaway group, breakdown, breaking down, breaking up, breakup, bridge, brigade, budgeting, buffer, buffer state, bulkhead, bumper, bunch, burden, by two, cabal, cadence, cadre, 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frontier, gang, garrison, grade, grading, graveyard vote, gravimetric analysis, ground, group, grouping, groupment, guts, hairsplitting, halving, hand vote, harmonic close, head, heading, heartland, hinterland, in half, in-group, incoherence, index, indexing, individualization, individuation, ingredients, innards, insides, installment, insularity, insulation, integration, interest, interest group, interlude, intermezzo, interpolation, interseptum, introduction, introductory phrase, inventory, inversion, involution, isolation, item, items, junta, kin, kitchen police, know-nothingism, label, land, legion, level, line, list, list system, local, lodge, logrolling, luxation, maniple, margin, marine, mat, measure, member, merchant fleet, merchant marine, merchant navy, microscopic distinction, midriff, midsection, milieu, minority group, misunderstanding, mob, modification, moiety, mosquito fleet, movement, multiplication, musical phrase, musical sentence, narrowness, naval forces, naval 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ranging, rank, ranking, rating, rationing, recall of ambassadors, record vote, reduction, reduction to elements, referendum, refrain, regiment, region, religious order, remainder, removal, repartition, representation, resolution, response, rift, right to vote, rising vote, ritornello, roll call, rubric, rupture, salient, salon, sample, sampling, say, schism, school, seclusion, second reading, secret ballot, sect, sectarism, section, sectioning, sector, segment, segmentation, segmenting, segregation, semimicroanalysis, separating, separation, separatism, sept, septulum, septum, set, severalization, severance, shade of difference, share, sharing, sharing out, shock pad, show of hands, side, silent majority, single vote, slicing, snap vote, snobbishness, society, soil, sorting, space, specialization, splaying, splinter, splinter group, split, split-up, splitting, spread, spreading, spreading out, squad, squadron, stable, stanza, statement, station, status, steamroller methods, strain, 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Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

DIVISION, Eng. law. A particular and ascertained part of a county. In Lincolnshire, division means what riding does in Yorkshire.