Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To divide a part or parts of into smaller parts.
  • transitive v. To divide into a number of parts, especially to divide (land) into lots.
  • intransitive v. To form into subdivisions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To divide into smaller sections.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To be, or to become, subdivided.
  • transitive v. To divide the parts of (anything) into more parts; to part into smaller divisions; to divide again, as what has already been divided.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To redivide after a first division.
  • To separate into subdivisions.
  • To become separated.
  • n. In physical geography, a subordinate divide, as one between small streams in contrast with one between river systems.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. divide into smaller and smaller pieces
  • v. form into subdivisions

Etymologies

sub- +‎ divide (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Once the basic shape is OK, you can 'subdivide' the planes with the click of a button and add more detail.

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  • Edison wanted to "subdivide" the light by using the softer glow obtained when electricity passes through a filament and heats it up until it glows.

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  • To further frustrate the development, the purchasers of the campaign plots were encouraged to subdivide and sell on their land.

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  • Pleistocene faunas from south China are difficult to subdivide based on the long temporal ranges of many taxa and a reduced number of genera in comparison to faunas from temperate north China.

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  • Government is simplest when it is unspecific—it's when it starts trying to subdivide the population and impact only targeted groups that it becomes hard to administer think of how little trouble seniors have accessing a universal program like Social Security versus how much trouble the poor have trying to determine eligibility for a means-tested program like Medicaid.

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  • St. Vincent's has tapped real-estate firm Eastern Consolidated to sell the land to a developer or home builder, who could build one or two large estates or subdivide the area into as many as 16 two-acre plots.

    St. Vincent's Land for Sale

  • Some mutual-fund companies are creating funds that subdivide their holdings into different portions, and are employing specialists and even outside firms to oversee each "sleeve."

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  • America in particular is so diverse you could literally subdivide infinitely.

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  • The most efficient way to handle multiple icing colors is to make a big batch of icing, then subdivide it, putting each into its own pastry bag and using them all at once.

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  • Then go back and prioritize your master list and arrange the items into broad categories that could serve as the navigation on your site: Books do you subdivide Fiction & Non-Fiction?

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