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department

noun agency, area, assignment, branch, bureau, categorization, category, chapter, class, designation, district, division, domain, field, field of activity, jurisdiction, ministry, munus, pars, part, precinct, province, provincia, realm, section, sector, specialty, sphere, station, subdivision, subsection, zone
Associated concepts: department of government, departtent of state, department rules and regulations, executive department, judicial department, legislative department, municipal department
See also: agency, bailiwick, board, bureau, chapter, commission, district, division, domain, member, occupation, organ, post, province, pursuit, purview, realm, role, section, sphere

DEPARTMENT. A portion of a country. In France, the country is divided into departments, which are somewhat similar to the counties in this country. The United States have been divided into military departments, including certain portions of the country. 1 Pet. 293.
     2. By department is also meant the division of authority, as, the department of state, of the navy, &c.

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The most serious problem, though, was to get the boarding department started off in running order, with nothing to do with in the way of furniture, and with no money with which to buy anything.
No one connected with the boarding department seemed to have any idea that meals must be served at certain fixed and regular hours, and this was a source of great worry.
The one result obtained was the expression of purblind opinion by the authorities of the detective department which pointed to Isabel, or to one of the servants, as the undiscovered thief.
queried the head of the department, a pink-and-white-faced man, whose austere side-whiskers were belied by genial little eyes.
Well, we ought to have an etiquette department, then," said Felicity.
But you can't have an etiquette department unless questions are asked.
5) material, and (6) religious points of view; thirdly, that evidence should be required from the rival department of the measures that had been taken during the last ten years by that department for averting the disastrous conditions in which the native tribes were now placed; and fourthly and finally, that that department explain why it had, as appeared from the evidence before the committee, from No.
Having filled a sheet of paper, he got up, rang, and sent a note to the chief secretary of his department to look up certain necessary facts for him.
Chief Inspector Heat had had a disagreeably busy day since his department received the first telegram from Greenwich a little before eleven in the morning.
Chief Inspector Heat, an efficient officer of his department, stood his ground, but for a whole minute he did not advance.
Then would the noble lord, or right honourable gentleman, in whose department it was to defend the Circumlocution Office, put an orange in his pocket, and make a regular field-day of the occasion.
Such a nursery of statesmen had the Department become in virtue of a long career of this nature, that several solemn lords had attained the reputation of being quite unearthly prodigies of business, solely from having practised, How not to do it, as the head of the Circumlocution Office.

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