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spoken English31.76%written English68.24% conversational speech8.06%task-oriented speech91.94% imaginative writing12.42%informational writing87.58%
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Definition of the noun department

What does department mean as a name of something?

Department is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: departments

  1. a specialized division of a large organization
  2. the territorial and administrative division of some countries (such as France)
  3. a specialized sphere of knowledge
    • examples: baking is not my department | his work established a new department of literature
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: sector / sphere = a particular aspect of life or activity

Alternative definition of the noun department


  1. A part, portion, or subdivision.
  2. A distinct course of life, action, study, or the like; appointed sphere or walk; province.
  3. 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 instructions; as, the medical department; the department of physics.
  4. 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.
  5. A military subdivision of a country; as, the Department of the Potomac.
  6. [obsolete] Act of departing; departure.


"Department" is a 2012 Bollywood action film directed by Ram Gopal Varma. The film stars Sanjay Dutt, Rana Daggubati and Amitabh Bachchan in lead roles. Several scenes were shot using Canon EOS 5D cameras. It received an 'A' certificate from the Indian Censor Board due to its obscene language and extreme violent content. The film released on 18 May 2012, and received mixed response from critics.


Department is a musical group.

  • album: "The Turncoat Sessions 97 > 03"


  1. Department, is a term used, by the U.S. Army, mostly prior to World War I. In 1920, most of the departments were redesignated as corps areas. However, the Hawaiian, Panama Canal, and Philippine Departments retained their old names. In 1939, the Puerto Rican Department was created and in May 1941 the Panama Canal and Puerto Rican Departments were combined as the Caribbean Defense Command, although each was still referred to as a department.
  2. Department: The police department that this station is part of (e.g.
  3. The department in the holding institution that is responsible for the object.

Phrases with Department

Phrases starting with the word Department:

  1. department head
  2. department store

Phrases ending with the word Department:

  1. art department
  2. war department
  3. fire department
  4. navy department
  5. labor department
  6. local department
  7. music department
  8. parts department
  9. plant department
  10. sales department
  11. state department
  12. energy department
  13. police department
  14. biology department
  15. defense department
  16. english department
  17. federal department
  18. history department

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Department

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Google previewCyclopedia of American Agriculture: Farm and community (1909)

by Liberty Hyde Bailey

The department is a part of the provincial government and its head is a member of the provincial cabinet or executive council.

Google previewEssential Elements for a GMP Analytical Chemistry Department (2013)

by Thomas Catalano

Among the most basic essentials, and a requirement, in any successful GMP Analytical Chemistry Department is the establishment of Standard Operation Procedures ...

Google previewParadigms of Public Administration and Civil Services (2005)

by Raj Kumar Pruthi

A department is the fundamental organisation unit of administration on which rests the obligation of carrying on governmental operations. This unit is the highest one in the administrative hierarchy, immediately below the Chief Executive and ...

Google previewIrrigation Management Research in Sri Lanka a Review of Selected Literature

Ranatunge et suggest that the “risk-averse strategy” of the Irrigation Department is a key factor leading late and unreliable water issues. They suggest ...

Google previewCRC Handbook of Laboratory Safety, 5th Edition (2000)

by A. Keith Furr

Departmental Responsibilities A department is an entity within an organization with which individuals with more or less...

A department is the logical unit to establish and administer common safety-related procedures and practices suitable ...

Google previewThe Encyclopædia Britannica (1911)

The New Volumes, Constituting, in Combination with the Twenty-nine Volumes of the Eleventh Edition, the Twelfth Edition of that Work, and Also Supplying a New, Distinctive, and Independent Library of Reference Dealing with Events and Developments of the Period 1910 to 1921 Inclusive

Apart from the Loire, the only navigable channel of importance within the department is the Nantes and Brest canal, fed by the Isac, a tributary of the Vilaine, which separates Loire-Inférieure from Ille-et-Vilaine and Morbihan. The climate is ...

Google previewMoran's Dictionary of Chicago and Its Vicinity (1910)

An Alphabetically Arranged Dictionary, Comprising All of the Interests that Contribute to Chicago's Greatness. Spring Ed by George E. Moran

Track-elevation department. Bureau of statistics and municipal library. Sixth Floor. Corporation counsel. Law department of Board of Local Improvements. Police pension board.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing (2006)

by Sunggyu Lee

Mehrdad Rafat / Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Theodore W. Randolph / Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA. Harish G. Rao / LFR Inc., ...

Google previewAppleton's Dictionary of New York and Vicinity (1902)

Mayoralty Borough officers Municipal Assembly and City Clerk Department of Finance Interest on the city debt Redemption of the city debt Bents tor public offices Judgments Law Department State taxes President of the Borough of Manhattan ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (2006)

by Stephanie Felgoise, Arthur M. Nezu, Christine M. Nezu, Mark A. Reinecke

Rosemary Mennuti, Department of Psychology, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA Sharon Morgillo-Freeman, Department of Nursing, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN Randi E. McCabe, ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Police Science (2007)

by Jack R. Greene

The Dallas Police Department (DPD) is one of the nation's largest municipal police forces, employing more than 2,900 sworn officers and 550 civilians who collectively serve asthe primary law enforcement agency for the city of Dallas, Texas ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Neuropsychological Disorders (2011)

by Arthur MacNeill Horton, Jr., EdD, ABPP, ABPN, Chad A. Noggle, PhD, ABN, Raymond S. Dean, PhD, ABPP, ABN, ABPdN

Bush, PhD, ABPP, ABN Clinical Neuropsychologist Long Island Neuropsychology, PC Lake Ronkonkoma, NY Department of Psychology VA New York Harbor Healthcare System St. Albans, NY Mei Chang, MA ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

department of the Channel contains five districts, forty-eight cantons, and 669 communes; its territorial extent is 6890 kilometers ; its principal town is Coutances. 5. The province of the Isle of France is divided into the departments of the Aitne, ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Wood (2007)

by U S Dept of Agriculture

Department of Agriculture. x Thomas Daniels Energy Products of Idaho Coeur D' Alene, Idaho Donald DeVisser West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau Portland, Oregon Bradford Douglas American Forest and Paper Association Washington, ...

Google previewDictionary of African Biography (2012)

by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Professor Emmanuel Akyeampong, Mr. Steven J. Niven

Edmund Abaka Department ofHistory, University ofMiami, Coral Gables, Florida Uthman Dan Fodio Jon Abbink African Studies Center, Leiden, The Netherlands Gaki Sherocho Hédi Abdel-Jaouad Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New ...

Google previewDictionary of the History of Science (2014)

by William F. Bynum, E. Janet Browne, Roy Porter

Hans Agren, Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden Jerrold L. Aronson, SUNY, Binghampton, New York James R Alexander, Department of Psychology, University of Tasmania Kirst Andersen, Institut for de Eksakte ...

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Usage statistics about department

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun department:

spoken English31.76%written English68.24% conversational speech8.06%task-oriented speech91.94% imaginative writing12.42%informational writing87.58%

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Philadelphia Streets Department

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Quotes about Department

A corporation is organized as a system - it has this department, that department, that department... they don't have any meaning separately; they only can function together. And also the body is a system. Society is a system in some sense. And so on. (David Bohm)
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Scrabble value of D2E1P3A1R1T1M3E1N1T1

The value of this 10-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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