1. A distinct, usually specialized division of a large organization, especially:
a. A principal administrative division of a government: the department of public works.
b. A division of a business specializing in a particular product or service: the personnel department.
c. A division of a school or college dealing with a particular field of knowledge: the physics department.
2.Department One of the principal executive divisions of the federal government of the United States, headed by a cabinet officer.
3. A section of a department store selling a particular line of merchandise: the home furnishings department.
4. An administrative district in France.
5. A unit of a warship’s crew, organized by function, such as gunnery or engineering.
6. An area of particular knowledge or responsibility; a specialty: Getting the kids to bed is my department.
[French département. from Old French, separation. from departir. to divide ; see depart .]
de part·men tal (d pärt-m n tl) adj.
1. a specialized division of a large concern, such as a business, store, or university: the geography department.
2. (Government, Politics Diplomacy) a major subdivision or branch of the administration of a government
3. (Education) a branch or subdivision of learning: physics is a department of science.
4. (Government, Politics Diplomacy) a territorial and administrative division in several countries, such as France
5.informal a specialized sphere of knowledge, skill, or activity: wine-making is my wife’s department.
[C18: from French département, from départir to divide; see depart]
de part ment
1. a distinct part of anything arranged in divisions; a division of a complex whole or organized system.
2. one of the branches of a governmental organization.
3. (cap. ) one of the principal divisions of the U.S. government, headed by a secretary who is a member of the president’s cabinet: the Department of State.
4. a division of a company dealing with a particular activity.
5. a section of a store selling a particular kind of goods.
6. one of the sections of a school or college dealing with a particular field of knowledge.
7. one of the districts into which certain countries, as France, are divided for administrative purposes.
8. a division of official business, duties, or functions.
9. a sphere of activity, knowledge, or responsibility.
[1730 35; French département. Old French: division, act of dividing]
de part men tal (d p rt m n tl, di p rt-) adj.
References in classic literature ?
All serene on the Rappahannock, troops in fine condition, commisary department well conducted, the Home Guard under Colonel Teddy always on duty, Commander in Chief General Laurence reviews the army daily, Quartermaster Mullet keeps order in camp, and Major Lion does picket duty at night.
Copan is a city, in the Department of Copan, near the boundary between Honduras and Guatemala.
Gaston Cleric had arrived in Lincoln only a few weeks earlier than I, to begin his work as head of the Latin Department .
After doing this she crossed straight over to the shoe department and took her seat to be fitted.
We come to it freshly, in the dewy youth of the day, and when our spiritual and sensual elements are in better accord than at a later period; so that the material delights of the morning meal are capable of being fully enjoyed, without any very grievous reproaches, whether gastric or conscientious, for yielding even a trifle overmuch to the animal department of our nature.
Thus, on taking charge off my department. I found few but aged men.
In those days, the captain’s authority was restricted to the navigation and general management of the vessel: while over the whale-hunting department and all its concerns, the Specksynder or Chief Harpooneer reigned supreme.
In the same way Scully had all the jobs in the fire department at his disposal, and all the rest of the city graft in the stockyards district; he was building a block of flats somewhere up on Ashland Avenue, and the man who was overseeing it for him was drawing pay as a city inspector of sewers.
This being evidently the central point of the entertainment, Aunt Chloe began now to bustle about earnestly in the supper department .
I not only watched this tournament from day to day, but detailed an intelligent priest from my Department of Public Morals and Agriculture, and ordered him to report it; for it was my purpose by and by, when I should have gotten the people along far enough, to start a newspaper.
I did not intend to go into any detail at all, at first, but it is the failing of the true ceramiker, or the true devotee in any department of brick-a-brackery, that once he gets his tongue or his pen started on his darling theme, he cannot well stop until he drops from exhaustion.
The reception was in the English department. of course, which is eight hundred and eleven million miles from the New Jersey line.