Definition of subdivision in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsəbdəˌviZHən/


1The action of subdividing or being subdivided.
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  • Genealogies can then be modeled using existing models of geographic subdivision, with mutation (and, in a sense, recombination) taking the place of migration.
  • In principle it should be possible to generalize the model to allow for the possibility of hierarchical subdivision but we do not attempt this here.
  • The relative mutational count on the intervisit to intravisit branches is an indicator of demographic subdivision because with increasing subdivision there should be more intervisit branches.
1.1A secondary or subordinate division.
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  • Further subdivision of the second category is based on the width of the primary branches, which decreases distally only slightly in C. arboreus, but markedly in C. concentricus.
  • Within these broad divisions, of course, there are secondary and tertiary subdivisions, the bottom line being the analysis of any given historical decade or century.
  • The mature sutures display three or four discrete first-order subdivisions on the ventral flank of each prong and second-order subdivisions are common in external sutures of large specimens.
1.2North American & Australian/New Zealand An area of land divided into plots for sale.
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  • At present you enter the walk near the corner of Kent Street and Edgar Street, but subdivisions for housing are being opened up in this area, so the access point may soon be higher on the hill.
  • Rotary has purchased land for the subdivision and Rotary Clubs from far and are now providing funds and teams of volunteers to build modest one-room homes to accommodate destitute families.
  • The delegated authority process does not apply to more complex developments such as large residential flat buildings, subdivisions, rezoning of land, and is designed to cut down on lengthy delays.
1.3An area of housing.
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  • A developer has been cleared to begin work on the Western Bay's biggest residential subdivision, starting within two months.
  • The Christchurch City Council has refused an application to develop a housing subdivision on Montgomery Spur on the Port Hills.
  • A new community wastewater treatment system for a small town or subdivision would be an example of an activity requiring a nondegradation significance determination.
1.4 Biology Any taxonomic subcategory, especially (in botany) one that ranks below division and above class.
Example sentences
  • The presence of intermediate morphologies made taxonomic subdivisions of the lineages impossible.
  • Madsen's view was expanded upon by Blake, who further treated Platasterias as a subgenus of Luidia, assignable to one of four subdivisions of the species-rich genus Luidia sensu Doderlein.
  • Despite some differences in topology, all obtained phylogenies indicate a clear subdivision of the species that are currently assigned to the genus Tilapia into at least five distinct groups.

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Syllabification: sub·di·vi·sion

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