subdivide into (something)

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subdivide into (something)

1. To contain several smaller parts, sections, or subcategories. There is one massive parent company running the whole operation that then subdivides into smaller subsidiaries responsible for various different kinds of businesses. Most people know what a noun is, but not everyone knows that the term subdivides into a bunch of different types of nouns, such as common nouns, proper nouns, concrete nouns, and so on.
2. To divide something down into smaller parts, sections, or subcategories. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "subdivide" and "into." The easiest way to calculate the area of these complicated shapes is to subdivide them into smaller, simpler shapes and add up the totals of all their areas. I think we should subdivide the project into sections that the different teams can work on separately.
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subdivide something into something

to divide something into parts. They subdivided the land into several valuable parcels. Sam tried to subdivide his large lot into three smaller lots, but the zoning commission wouldn't let him do it.
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And what I have been speaking of happened to the Thurians; for the magistrates being elected according to a very high census, it was altered to a lower, and they were subdivided into more courts, but in consequence of the nobles possessing all the land, contrary to law; the state was too much of an oligarchy, which gave them an opportunity of encroaching greatly on the rest of the people; but these, after they had been well inured to war, so far got the better of their guards as to expel every one out of the country who possessed more than he ought.
For five or six feet from the trunk, which had at the surface of the ground a diameter of several inches, it ran downward, single and straight, into a loose, friable earth; then it divided and subdivided into rootlets, fibers and filaments, most curiously interwoven.
The taxes intended to be comprised under the general denomination of internal taxes may be subdivided into those of the DIRECT and those of the INDIRECT kind.
Each of these houses has fifteen miles square of land allotted to it, subdivided into small lots, proportioned to the number of Indian converts attached to the mission.
The first entrance to the cavern was by a moderate descent, above which distorted rocks formed a weird arcade; the interior, very uneven and dangerous from the inequalities of the vault, was subdivided into several compartments, which communicated with each other by means of rough and jagged steps, fixed right and left, in uncouth natural pillars.
Each of these divisions being subdivided into various bodies, and these bodies being drawn up in various forms and figures, the general arrangement was, except to the few chiefs and leaders, as unintelligible as the plan of a great battle to the meanest soldier in the field.
The chambers, which were probably spacious in former times, are now cut up by partitions, and subdivided into little nooks, each affording scanty room for the narrow bed and chair and dressing-table of a single lodger.
Sleighs are also subdivided into two - horse and one-horse sleighs.
The men were subdivided into groups, assorted according to the deeds and reputations of the several individuals of whom they were composed.
Now the company's share capital is QR1,513,687,490 subdivided into 1,513,687,490 shares with a nominal value of QR1 each.
Their land has since been subdivided into 51 parcels.
The deal was concluded last year and each party is happy," he said.The NBK in a notice Monday said the parcel of land had been subdivided into 268 quarter-acre plots with a reserved price of S.2 million per plot for buyers seeking a minimum of four plots.
Contributions are categorized into main headings: section I: theory/criticism, subdivided into politics and culture, gender, aesthetics/poetics; section II: statements of purposes: groups and journals; section III: poetry, subdivided into consciousness, Malcolm, Coltrane and Jazz, Africa, women, heritage, songs; section IV: drama; section V: fiction/narrative; afterwords.
* Abstract text should be subdivided into: Introduction, Methods, Results and Conclusions.