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Pronunciation:  di'pârtmunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a specialized sphere of knowledge; "baking is not my department"; "his work established a new department of literature"
  2. [n]  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"
  3. [n]  the territorial and administrative division of some countries (such as France)

DEPARTMENT is a 10 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: section
 See Also: academic department, administrative district, administrative division, business department, country, division, government department, land, sector, security, sphere, state, territorial division



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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.

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