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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Department  \De*part"ment\,  n.  [F.  d['e]partement,  fr 
  d['e]partir.  See  {Depart},  v.  i.] 
  1.  Act  of  departing;  departure.  [Obs.] 
 
  Sudden  departments  from  one  extreme  to  another. 
  --Wotton. 
 
  2.  A  part  portion,  or  subdivision. 
 
  3.  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.  --Macaulay. 
 
  4.  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. 
 
  5.  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. 
 
  6.  A  military  subdivision  of  a  country;  as  the  Department  of 
  the  Potomac. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  department 
  n  1:  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"  [syn:  {section}] 
  2:  the  territorial  and  administrative  division  of  some 
  countries  (such  as  France) 
  3:  a  specialized  sphere  of  knowledge;  "baking  is  not  my 
  department";  "his  work  established  a  new  department  of 
  literature" 




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