division

Definitions

  • A 26th Division Wagon Train
    A 26th Division Wagon Train
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n division the act or process of dividing
    • n division the act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart
    • n division an arithmetic operation that is the inverse of multiplication; the quotient of two numbers is computed
    • n division 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"
    • n division discord that splits a group
    • n division an army unit large enough to sustain combat "two infantry divisions were held in reserve"
    • n division a group of ships of similar type
    • n division a unit of the United States Air Force usually comprising two or more wings
    • n division an administrative unit in government or business
    • n division (botany) taxonomic unit of plants corresponding to a phylum
    • n division (biology) a group of organisms forming a subdivision of a larger category
    • n division a league ranked by quality "he played baseball in class D for two years","Princeton is in the NCAA Division 1-AA"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Except for 2 and 3, every prime number will eventually become divisible by 6 if you either add or subtract 1 from the number. For example, the number 17, plus 1, is divisible by 6. The number 19, minus 1, is also divisible by 6
    • Division (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.
    • Division (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.
    • Division Difference of condition; state of distinction; distinction; contrast. "I will put a division between my people and thy people."
    • Division Disunion; difference in opinion or feeling; discord; variance; alienation. "There was a division among the people."
    • Division (Naut) One of the groups into which a fleet is divided.
    • Division (Mil) One of the larger districts into which a country is divided for administering military affairs.
    • Division Separation of the members of a deliberative body, esp. of the Houses of Parliament, to ascertain the vote. "The motion passed without a division ."
    • Division That which divides or keeps apart; a partition.
    • Division The act or process of diving anything into parts, or the state of being so divided; separation. "I was overlooked in the division of the spoil."
    • division (Arith) the addition, subtraction, etc., of compound numbers.
    • Division (Rhet) The distribution of a discourse into parts; a part so distinguished.
    • Division The portion separated by the divining of a mass or body; a distinct segment or section. "Communities and divisions of men."
    • Division (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.
    • Division (Logic) The separation of a genus into its constituent species.
    • Division (Mil) Two companies of infantry maneuvering as one subdivision of a battalion.
    • Division (Mil) Two or more brigades under the command of a general officer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are 24 known "perfect" numbers. These are numbers that equal the sum of all its divisors except itself. For instance, six the lowest of these numbers is divisible by 1, 2, or 3 and 1+2+3=6. The largest of the known "perfect" numbers has 12,003 digits.
    • n division The act of dividing or separating into parts, portions, or shares: as, the division of a word (as by means of a hyphen at the end of a line); the division of labor; the division of profits.
    • n division Specifically— [L. divisio(n-), tr. of Gr. διαίρεσις.] In logic, the enumeration and naming of the parts of a whole; especially, the enumeration of the species of a genus. The latter is also distinguished as logical division. Division is mainly distinguished from classification in that the latter is a modern word, and supposes minute observation of the facts, while the former, as an Aristotelian term, denotes a much ruder proceeding, based on ordinary knowledge, and undertaken at the outset of the study of the genus divided. One of the distinctive doctrines of the Ramist school of logicians was that all division should proceed by dichotomy.
    • n division In heraldry, the separating of the field by lines in the direction of the bend, the bar, etc. (called division bendwise, barwise, etc.), also for the purpose of impaling two shields together, or in quartering.
    • n division The separation of members in a legislative house in order to ascertain the vote. This is effected in the British House of Commons by the passing of the affirmative and negative sides into separate lobbies, to be counted by tellers; in American legislatures, by their rising alternately, or, as is frequently done in the House of Representatives, by passing between tellers standing in front of the Speaker's desk. In the British House of Commons the usual method of voting on any contested measure is by division; in the United States, by ayes and noes, or affirmative and negative answers on a call of the roll.
    • n division In mathematics: The operation inverse to multiplication; the finding of a quantity, the quotient, which, multiplied by a given quantity, the divisor, gives another given quantity, the dividend. In elementary arithmetic division is often defined as, for example, “the partition of a greater summe by a lesser” (Recorde, 1540); but such a definition applies only when the quotient is an abstract number and an integer. Division is denoted by various signs. Thus, a divided by b may be written in any of the following ways:
    • n division A rule or method for ascertaining the quotient of a divisor into a dividend: as, long division.
    • n division A section; the separation of a geometrical figure into two parts.
    • n division The state of being divided; separation of parts: as, an army weakened by division; divisions among Christians.
    • n division That which divides or separates; a dividing line, partition, or mark of separation; any sign or cause of separation or distinction.
    • n division A part separated or distinguished in any way from the rest; a minor part or aggregate; a distinct portion: as, the divisions of an orange; a division of mankind or of a country; the divisions of a book or of a discourse.
    • n division Specifically— A definite part of an army or of a fleet, consisting of a certain number of brigades or of vessels under a single commander.
    • n division A part of a ship's company set apart for a certain service in action. Those who serve at the guns are classed as the first, second, third, and fourth divisions; the powder division provide the guns with ammunition; the master's division steer the ship and work the sails; and the engineer's division manage the engines and the boilers.
    • n division A geographical military command, consisting of two or more departments. Thus, the Military Division of the Missouri consists of the department of Dakota, the department of the Platte, the department of the Missouri, and the department of Texas. The United States is divided for military purposes at the present time (1889) into three divisions—the divisions of the Atlantic, the Missouri, and the Pacific.
    • n division In natural history: In zoölogical classification, any group of species forming a part of a larger group: in entomology, sometimes specifically applied to a group smaller than a suborder and larger than a family, as the division Gymnocerata of the Heteroptera. A section may be equivalent in value to a division, or a group subordinate to it; a series is a division in which the minor groups show a regular gradation in structure. In botanical classification, one of the higher grades in the sequence of groups, equivalent to subkingdom or series, as the phænogamous and cryptogamous divisions of plants. It is also often used as subordinate to class, as the polypetalous, apetalous, etc., divisions of dicotyledonous plants. By some authors it has been used to designate a grade between tribe and order.
    • n division The state of being divided in sentiment or interest; disunion; discord; variance; difference.
    • n division In music, a rapid and florid melodic passage or phrase, usually intended to be sung at one breath to a single syllable: so called because originally conceived as the elaboration of a phrase of long tones by the division of each into several short ones. It was common in the music of the eighteenth century.
    • n division The precise statement of the points at issue in any dispute.
    • n division See the extracts.
    • n division A rule for dividing one number by another, so as to obtain the entire period of the circulating decimal of the quotient. Both dividend and divisor are multiplied by the same number so as to make the last significant figure of the divisor 9. By striking off from the divisor so multiplied the 9, together with any ciphers which may follow it, and increasing the truncated remnant by 1, a number is obtained called the current multiplier. The last figure of the multiplied dividend is now struck off, multiplied by the current multiplier, and the product added to the truncated dividend. The sum is treated as a new dividend; and this process is continued until the dividends begin to repeat themselves. The successive figures struck off from the dividend from last to first are now written down from left to right as a whole number, and subtracted from the circulating part of the same figures repeated indefinitely into the decimal places. The remainder, after shifting the decimal point as many places to the left as there were zeros struck off from the divisor along with the 9, is the quotient sought.
    • n division The rule was derived from Arabian writers.
    • n division Synonyms Demarcation, apportionment, allotment, distribution.
    • n division Section, Portion, etc. (see part, n.), compartment, class, head, category, detachment.
    • n division Disagreement, breach, rupture, alienation.
    • n division In biology, the breaking up of an organism, either naturally or artificially, into two or more parts which restore what is lacking and become new organisms of the typical form, as contrasted with reproduction by buds, which begin as small parts of the parent organism and gradually increase in size until they attain the typical form.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: General Henry Heth (1825-1888) leading a confederate division in the Battle of Gettysburg, was hit in the head by a Union bullet, but his life was saved because he was wearing a hat two sizes too large, with newspaper folded inside the sweatband. The paper deflected the bullet, and the general, unconscious for 30 hours, recovered and lived another 25 years.
    • n Division di-vizh′un act of dividing: state of being divided: that which divides: a partition: a barrier: the portion divided or separated: part of an army or military force: separation: difference in opinion, &c.: disunion:
    • n Division di-vizh′un (arith.) the rule or process of finding how many times one number is contained in another
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Quotations

  • Ebenezer Elliot
    Ebenezer Elliot
    “What is a Communist? One who has yearnings for equal division of unequal earnings.”
  • Sir Max Beerbohm
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    “One might well say that mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests.”
  • Vaclav Havel
    Vaclav%20Havel
    “I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government, where words can prove mightier than ten military divisions.”
  • Alexander Pope
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    “I find myself... hoping a total end of all the unhappy divisions of mankind by party-spirit, which at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.”
  • Joseph Stalin
    Joseph Stalin
    “The Pope? How many divisions has he got?”
  • Alexis De Tocqueville
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    “Grant me thirty years of equal division of inheritances and a free press, and I will provide you with a republic.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. division, L. divisio, from dividere,. See Divide

Usage

In literature:

Yesterday General Rousseau's division of ten thousand men was reviewed.
"Incidents of the War: Humorous, Pathetic, and Descriptive" by Alf Burnett
For some days I had felt considerable anxiety as to the condition of the 1st Corps (1st and 2nd Divisions and the 7th Division).
"1914" by John French, Viscount of Ypres
Province, and Kashmir it is necessary to make a division of the area into zones.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
The retreat began with the flower of the Persian fleet, the Phoenician division.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
Our division formed a part of this force.
"History of the Eighty-sixth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, during its term of service" by John R. Kinnear
Foelkersham, with the second division, rejoined Rojdestvensky's division in the waters of Madagascar.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
An important development, which had a beneficial effect on the unit, was the constitution, early in August, of the 2nd Australian Division.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
The British division was at the south end of the long rectangular encampment.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
The 50th Division came into action on April 11, and worked alternately with the 14th Division.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
DIVISIONS OF THE BODY.
"Philosophy of Osteopathy" by Andrew T. Still
A division of a battalion composed of two companies, or ordinary divisions, in line.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Thus we observe three divisions in the Book, and two threads which run through these divisions.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
Just as Breckinridge's division was going into action, about 12 P.M., we came upon the left of it, where the Kentucky troops were formed.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
Regiments joined their brigades, brigades their divisions, and the divisions re-formed their corps.
"Waterloo" by Émile Erckmann
Principal Divisions and Chief Points.
"Bible Studies in the Life of Paul" by Henry T. Sell
As Glen hoped and expected, he was assigned to the second division, of which Mr. Hobart was engineer in charge, and Mr. Brackett was assistant.
"Campmates" by Kirk Munroe
However far we proceed with the division the parts still have magnitude and are still divisible.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
One of the old guard who answered the roll call at the birth of the Hill Division!
"The Night Operator" by Frank L. Packard
Some were from our own division, and we recognized many of our friends.
"History of Ambulance Company Number 139" by Various
In Betul the division by numbers of gods appears to be wholly in abeyance.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
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In poetry:

Though I be in the shadow still,
And you be in the sun,
Sundering divorce the more endears;
Division makes us one.
"Lines - III" by Manmohan Ghose
Stop! to each man no more than one man's share.
You take that bone, and you this tooth; the chain —
Let us divide its links; this skull, of course,
In fair division, to the leader comes.
"Brothers" by James Weldon Johnson
I saw the interminable Corps—I saw the processions of armies,
I saw them approaching, defiling by, with divisions,
Streaming northward, their work done, camping awhile in clusters of
mighty camps.
"A Carol Of Harvest For 1867" by Walt Whitman
Pindar and Damon scorn transition,
So on he ran a new division;
Till out of breath he turn'd to spit; (Chance often helps us more than wit)
Th' other that lucky moment took, Just nick'd the time, broke in, and spoke.
"The Conversation. A Tale" by Matthew Prior
VI. And how the choir compleat rejoices,
With trembling strings and melting voices,
The tuneful ferment rises high,
And works with mingled melody:
Quick divisions run their rounds,
A thousand trills and quivering sounds
"An Ode For St. Cecilia's Day" by Joseph Addison
Gaily, gaily streamed the foe from the misty dark ravine,
On with gleam of waving swords and with beating drums they pressed,
Till they topped the nearest ridge, that, dipping down unseen,
Held the Light Division hid in the hollow of the crest.
"Basaco" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Bellarmine edges Serra in Open Division semifinal thriller.
Top-seeded Bellarmine College Prep will play Serra in the Central Coast Section Open Division semifinals Friday at 7 pm at Independence High, the CCS announced on its website.
8 Terra Nova 33-14 on Friday night in the first round of the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs at San Jose City College.
Martin HendersonHarry Welch and Santa Margarita celebrate their Division I State Bowl victory over Bellarmine .
On a cold and windy day, the Valley City State University Vikings dropped the opening game at NCAA Division II opponent Bemidji (Minn.) State 2-0 before rebounding in the second game to salvage a split with a 6-2 victory.
The St Cloud State football team lost 37-20 Saturday afternoon to Bemidji State to suffer their 2nd straight loss and drop to 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the North Division of the NSIC.
St Cloud State is 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the North Division of the NSIC.
LENOIR, N.C.–Upholstery and case goods resource Bernhardt Furniture has hired Michelle Rosson as vice president of sales, residential upholstery division.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Division B, Title II, Section 2003 (emphasis added).
In this Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 photo, a veterinarian with the Division of Wildlife checks the teeth of a captured big horn sheep in the River Mountains near Henderson, Nev.
In this Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 photo, a veterinarian with the Division of Wildlife takes a blood sample from a captured big horn sheep, near Henderson, Nev.
Fertilizer and specialty chemicals maker Israel Chemicals said its specialty phosphates division ICL Performance Products had acquired Indiana-based Halox, a division of Hammond Group Inc Financial details were not disclosed.
Gould Paper said that it is expanding the Pulp Sales division of Price & Pierce, a division of Gould that operates as an international sales agent and merchant of fine papers, pulp and packaging.
Tietex International said it is selling its Tietex Interiors division, which sells a variety of fabrics to the residential and contract upholstery industries, clearing the way for a merger of the division and Burlington Mfg.
In this division , the north has been superior in recent years but it's also been a division hard to tell in some years which is region is better.
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In science:

A number is divisible by 5953 if − 4167 times the last digit of the number added to the rest of the number is divisible by 5953.
Simple Divisibility Rules for the 1st 1000 Prime Numbers
A number is divisible by 6029 if − 5426 times the last digit of the number added to the rest of the number is divisible by 6029.
Simple Divisibility Rules for the 1st 1000 Prime Numbers
A number is divisible by 6067 if − 1820 times the last digit of the number added to the rest of the number is divisible by 6067.
Simple Divisibility Rules for the 1st 1000 Prime Numbers
A number is divisible by 6143 if − 4300 times the last digit of the number added to the rest of the number is divisible by 6143.
Simple Divisibility Rules for the 1st 1000 Prime Numbers
A number is divisible by 6199 if − 5579 times the last digit of the number added to the rest of the number is divisible by 6199.
Simple Divisibility Rules for the 1st 1000 Prime Numbers
A number is divisible by 6229 if − 5606 times the last digit of the number added to the rest of the number is divisible by 6229.
Simple Divisibility Rules for the 1st 1000 Prime Numbers
A number is divisible by 6343 if − 4440 times the last digit of the number added to the rest of the number is divisible by 6343.
Simple Divisibility Rules for the 1st 1000 Prime Numbers
A number is divisible by 6373 if − 4461 times the last digit of the number added to the rest of the number is divisible by 6373.
Simple Divisibility Rules for the 1st 1000 Prime Numbers
A number is divisible by 6427 if − 1928 times the last digit of the number added to the rest of the number is divisible by 6427.
Simple Divisibility Rules for the 1st 1000 Prime Numbers
A number is divisible by 6577 if − 1973 times the last digit of the number added to the rest of the number is divisible by 6577.
Simple Divisibility Rules for the 1st 1000 Prime Numbers
A number is divisible by 6637 if − 1991 times the last digit of the number added to the rest of the number is divisible by 6637.
Simple Divisibility Rules for the 1st 1000 Prime Numbers
A number is divisible by 6679 if − 6011 times the last digit of the number added to the rest of the number is divisible by 6679.
Simple Divisibility Rules for the 1st 1000 Prime Numbers
A number is divisible by 6709 if − 6038 times the last digit of the number added to the rest of the number is divisible by 6709.
Simple Divisibility Rules for the 1st 1000 Prime Numbers
A number is divisible by 6803 if − 4762 times the last digit of the number added to the rest of the number is divisible by 6803.
Simple Divisibility Rules for the 1st 1000 Prime Numbers
A number is divisible by 6883 if − 4818 times the last digit of the number added to the rest of the number is divisible by 6883.
Simple Divisibility Rules for the 1st 1000 Prime Numbers
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