a distinct part of anything arranged in divisions; a division of a complex whole or organized system.
one of the principal branches of a governmental organization:
the sanitation department.
(initial capital letter) one of the principal divisions of the U.S. federal government, headed by a secretary who is a member of the president’s cabinet.
a division of a business enterprise dealing with a particular area of activity:
the personnel department.
a section of a retail store selling a particular class or kind of goods:
the sportswear department.
one of the sections of a school or college dealing with a particular field of knowledge:
the English department.
one of the large districts into which certain countries, as France, are divided for administrative purposes.
a division of official business, duties, or functions:
a sphere or province of activity, knowledge, or responsibility:
Paying the bills is not my department.
(usually initial capital letter) U.S. Army. (formerly) a large geographical division of the U.S. or its possessions as divided for military and defense purposes:
the Hawaiian Department.
a specialized division of a large concern, such as a business, store, or university: the geography department
a major subdivision or branch of the administration of a government
a branch or subdivision of learning: physics is a department of science
a territorial and administrative division in several countries, such as France
(informal) a specialized sphere of knowledge, skill, or activity: wine-making is my wife’s department
[suhb-di-riv-uh-tiv] /ˌsʌb dɪˈrɪv ə tɪv/ noun 1. a word derived from a derivative.
[suhb-kyoo-tey-nee-uh s] /ˌsʌb kyuˈteɪ ni əs/ adjective 1. situated or lying under the skin, as tissue. 2. performed or introduced under the skin, as an injection by a syringe. 3. living below the several layers of the skin, as certain parasites. subcutaneous /ˌsʌbkjuːˈteɪnɪəs/ adjective 1. (med) situated, used, or introduced beneath the skin: a subcutaneous […]
adjective 1. of or relating to a subdeacon.
[suhb-dahy-ak-uh-nit, -neyt] /ˌsʌb daɪˈæk ə nɪt, -ˌneɪt/ noun 1. the office or dignity of a subdeacon. 2. a body of subdeacons. subdiaconate /ˌsʌbdaɪˈækənɪt; -ˌneɪt/ noun 1. the rank or office of a subdeacon