Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Department"

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.

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) 1.7 (wn)

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

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