• WordNet 3.6
    • n department a specialized sphere of knowledge "baking is not my department","his work established a new department of literature"
    • n department a specialized division of a large organization "you'll find it in the hardware department","she got a job in the historical section of the Treasury"
    • n department the territorial and administrative division of some countries (such as France)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"Alas! alas! where is our bliss departed?" "Alas! alas! where is our bliss departed?"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: No one knows why, but 90 percent of women who walk into a department store immediately turn to the right.
    • Department A distinct course of life, action, study, or the like; appointed sphere or walk; province. "Superior to Pope in Pope's own peculiar department of literature."
    • Department A military subdivision of a country; as, the Department of the Potomac.
    • Department A part, portion, or subdivision.
    • Department A territorial division; a district; esp., in France, one of the districts composed of several arrondissements into which the country is divided for governmental purposes; as, the Department of the Loire.
    • Department Act of departing; departure. "Sudden departments from one extreme to another."
    • Department Subdivision of business or official duty; especially, one of the principal divisions of executive government; as, the treasury department; the war department ; also, in a university, one of the divisions of instruction; as, the medical department; the department of physics.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rudolph the Red-nosed reindeer was actually created as a promotional figure for Montgommery Wards department stores.
    • n department A separate part or division of a complex whole; a distinct branch or province; a subdivision, as of a class or group of activities, organizations, or the like: as, the various departments of life, knowledge, science, business, etc.; the departments of an army or a factory.
    • n department A division of official duties or functions; a branch of government; a distinct part of a governmental organization: as, the legislative, executive, and judicial departments; the Department of State, of the Treasury, etc. See phrases below. The heads of the principal departments of the United States government are members of the President's cabinet. Abbreviated dept.
    • n department A division of territory; one of the provinces or principal districts into which some countries are divided for governmental or other purposes, such as the departments of France and the military administrative departments of the United States: as, the department of Saône-et-Loire in France; the department of the Platte.
    • n department A going away; departure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, was created in 1939, in Chicago, for the Montgomery Ward department stores for a Christmas promotion. The lyrics were written as a poem by Robert May, but weren't set to music until 1947. Gene Autry recorded the hit song in 1949.
    • n Department de-pärt′ment a part: a separate part of business or duty: a section of the administration: a division of a country, esp. of France
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  • John Morley
    John Morley
    “They are the guiding oracles which man has found out for himself in that great business of ours, of learning how to be, to do, to do without, and to depart.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “In the great department store of life, baseball is the toy department.”
  • John Morley
    John Morley
    “The great business of life is to be, to do, to do without and to depart.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
    “I warmed both hands before the fire of life; It sinks, and I am ready to depart.”
  • Hannah More
    “Depart from discretion when it interferes with duty.”
  • Bible
    “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it. [Proverbs 22:6]”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. département, fr. départir,. See Depart (v. i.)


In literature:

Priest is named to the home department.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Every year counts by increased debility, and departing faculties keep the score.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The other departments of the printing industry made a much less favorable showing.
"Wage Earning and Education" by R. R. Lutz
Shenbok remained but one day, and the following evening departed with Nekhludoff.
"The Awakening" by Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy
By pairs the villagers departed, and soon none remained save her self-appointed guardians, the two holy men.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
This school enjoyed a great reputation in the department.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe
My fellow messenger-boy, "Davy" McCargo, I appointed superintendent of the telegraph department March 11, 1859.
"Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie" by Andrew Carnegie
The elections of the department occupied but little attention.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
The process, as described by the department's specialists, consists of freezing ordinary cider solid.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
It is fitting that last of all should be mentioned the man who views you with keen eye as you arrive in Baltimore, and who watches you depart.
"American Adventures" by Julian Street
Richard pulled on his gloves to depart, whereat Mr. Pickwick yelped frantically from his cushion.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
And deep under the surface affairs began to move in the Navy Department.
"Our Navy in the War" by Lawrence Perry
The glory of the past was departing.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Slowly the ability of the savage beast to maintain itself was departing.
"Scouting with Daniel Boone" by Everett T. Tomlinson
The work must go on smoothly, silently, every department harmonising, every man working in one common effort.
"Scotland Yard" by George Dilnot
He has been here for a week, and departed for New-York yesterday, but is shortly to return.
"Alida" by Amelia Stratton Comfield
Whatever it might be, he departed looking very much as if he too had his burden to bear.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
To effect this he saw the necessity of reducing every department of government to system and order.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
Nearly all the rivers of the department are of torrential swiftness and subject to sudden floods.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 5" by Various
Accumulation here originates in Department I, and Department II merely follows suit.
"The Accumulation of Capital" by Rosa Luxemburg

In poetry:

His promise stands for ever firm,
His grace shall ne'er depart;
He binds my name upon his arm,
And seals it on his heart.
"Hymn 162" by Isaac Watts
"Go to thy mother's room; for she
Will take thee to her heart,
And from her loving arms no more
Her darling will depart."
"A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
Why did they two depart
Before I could understand?
Where lies that land, O my heart?
—O my heart, where lies that land?
"Exmoor Verses" by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
Be it so! I'll take fresh heart,
From the spot beloved depart,
Leave Armida once again,—
Come then! here no more remain.
"Rinaldo" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"So man departs the living scene
To night's perpetual gloom;
The voice of morn ne'er shall break
The slumbers of the tomb.
"The Complaint of Nature" by John Logan
To-morrow, dear departed one!
I'll seek thy lonely grave,
Where the meek primrose opes its buds,
And weeping willows wave.
"To-morrow, dear departed one!" by Mary Anne Browne

In news:

The Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation today announced a second Massachusetts company has issued a voluntary recall of its products.
The Santa Rosa Fire Department, along with Harlingen and several other fire departments, were called to the Santa Rosa sugar mill on Wednesday afternoon.
Prepared by Kevin P Banks, MD, Department of Radiology, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX, and Justin Q Ly, MD, Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, TX.
The Interior Department could save millions of dollars in travel expenses every year by using video teleconferencing , but various issues prevent the department from reaping the benefits the technology offers.
(AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Department of Children's Services says 31 children whose care the department had under investigation died in the first half of this year.
FRANKLIN—The City of Franklin is considering buying the former Virginia Department of Transportation building on Pretlow Street for its power and light department.
Presidential primary candidate Herman Cain sees a Justice Department under a Cain administration would actually "put justice back into the role of the Department of Justice".
Six Pacifica police department jobs are being eliminated as the agency outsources its 911 dispatching duties to the South San Francisco police department.
Just a couple of weeks ago, the 2003 torture memo written by John Yoo, giving Justice Department approval to a wide array of highly specific torture techniques for Department of Defense use, was released to the public.
ASHLAND — At the request of the Ashland Police Department and to help reduce the risk of crashes, the Kentucky Department of Highways has made traffic lane changes at 13th Street and Winchester Avenue in downtown Ashland.
Firefighters with the Matlacha Pine Island Fire Department participated in training Aug 7, which utilized a ladder truck from the Cape Coral Fire Department.
AIG stock owned by the US Treasury Department will be mostly unloaded, decreasing the Treasury Department 's share to below majority stake.
The combined hits from the integration of the Marshall Field's department stores and costs from store divestitures depressed May Department Store Company's earnings for the quarter just ended.
The District Department of Transportation is joining forces with the Metropolitan Police Department for the 2011 national Click It or Ticket seatbelt enforcement mobilization.
In this undated photo provided by the US Treasury Department, of Treasury Department Assistant Secretary Neel Kashkari.

In science:

Department of Astronomy, University of Virginia, P.O.
The Diversity of Gamma-Ray Bursts and the Surroundings of Massive Stars
Holger Brenner, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Sheffield, Hicksbuilding, Hounsfield Road, Sheffield S3 7RH, United Kingdom, e-mail: H.
Looking out for stable syzygy bundles
Department of Mathematics, Tarbiat Modarres University, Tehran, P.O.
$C^\ast$-algebras from Anzai flows and their $K$-groups
They would like to express their thanks to the Department of Mathematics and staff members there for financial support and warm hospitalities.
The Alternating Group of degree 6 in Geometry of the Leech Lattice and K3 Surfaces
The National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory, is supported by the US Department of Energy under Contract No.
First order isotropic - smectic-A transition in liquid crystal-aerosil gels
If the magnitude of the charged lepton mass matrix elements departs significantly from the symmetric form there is no constraint on the magnitude of the matrix elements of Ul .
Neutrino Phenomenology -- the case of two right handed neutrinos
The ontological interpretation departs from this in two ways.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto, 60 St.
Three Lyman-alpha Emitters at z approx 6: Early GMOS/Gemini Data from the GLARE Project
Lee for his hospitality at the Department of Physics and Korea Scientific and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF) for postdoc fellowship at Hanyang University Seoul, KOREA.
Force and Momentum in an Evolving Axisymmetric Universe Model
Prabodh Shukla∗ Physics Department, North Eastern Hil l University Shil long-793022, India.
Random Field Ising Model
This proof is due to Robert Lagergren at the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at V¨axj¨o University.
On Markovian behaviour of $p$-adic random dynamical systems
MEV acknowledges the hospitality of the Department of Mathematics of Universit`a di Roma “Tor Vergata” and of the Department of Physics of Universit`a di Roma “La Sapienza”.
One-dimensional random field Kac's model: localization of the phases
Department of Mathematics, University of Isfahan, P.O.
Generalized reductive Lie algberas
Permanent address: D´epartement de Math´ematiques, Facult´e des Sciences, Parc de Grandmont, F37200 Tours, France.
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Permanent address: Department of Mathematics, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA.
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