Commentary: DEPARTMENT[+entity][+organization][+division][+specialized] a specialized division of a large organization
You'll find it in the hardware department.
He works for the department of energy.
The music department is located on the sixth floor of Williams Hall.
Our department doesn't process these forms, you need to go to accounting.
Mary's sister works in cosmetics at a local department store.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1
Commentary: DEPARTMENT[+location][+geographical][+territory][+division][+administered][+principal] the territorial and administrative division of some countries (such as France)
NOTE: refers to larger divisions (territories) than Sense 1 (organizations)
There are a number of regional administrative departments across France.
Several departments were set up across the occupied nation.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2
Commentary: DEPARTMENT[+environment][+social][+scope][+responsibility/+ability] a specialized sphere of knowledge or responsibility
Walking the dog is my department, feeding the cat is his.
He is lacking in the trustworthiness department. (informal)
John thinks Mary is tops in the looks department. (informal)
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3