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  • Beam-Compass or Trammel Points. Winged Dividers. Outside Calipers. Inside Calipers
    Beam-Compass or Trammel Points. Winged Dividers. Outside Calipers. Inside Calipers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v divide perform a division "Can you divide 49 by seven?"
    • v divide force, take, or pull apart "He separated the fighting children","Moses parted the Red Sea"
    • v divide come apart "The two pieces that we had glued separated"
    • v divide make a division or separation
    • v divide separate into parts or portions "divide the cake into three equal parts","The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I"
    • v divide act as a barrier between; stand between "The mountain range divides the two countries"
    • n divide a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems
    • n divide a serious disagreement between two groups of people (typically producing tension or hostility)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A lion dividing a stag while three other beasts look on A lion dividing a stag while three other beasts look on
A monk uses dividers, a map and a globe are behind him A monk uses dividers, a map and a globe are behind him

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There was once a country called Prussia. After World War II, it was divided among Poland, Germany, and the USSR
    • n Divide A dividing ridge of land between the tributaries of two streams; also called watershed and water parting. A divide on either side of which the waters drain into two different oceans is called a continental divide.
    • Divide To be separated; to part; to open; to go asunder. "The Indo-Germanic family divides into three groups."
    • Divide To break friendship; to fall out.
    • Divide To cause separation; to disunite. "A gulf, a strait, the sea intervening between islands, divide less than the matted forest."
    • Divide To cause to be separate; to keep apart by a partition, or by an imaginary line or limit; as, a wall divides two houses; a stream divides the towns. "Let it divide the waters from the waters."
    • Divide To disunite in opinion or interest; to make discordant or hostile; to set at variance. "If a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom can not stand.""Every family became now divided within itself."
    • Divide To have a share; to partake.
    • Divide To make partition of among a number; to apportion, as profits of stock among proprietors; to give in shares; to distribute; to mete out; to share. "True justice unto people to divide .""Ye shall divide the land by lot."
    • Divide (Mech) To mark divisions on; to graduate; as, to divide a sextant.
    • Divide To part asunder (a whole); to sever into two or more parts or pieces; to sunder; to separate into parts. "Divide the living child in two."
    • Divide (Music) To play or sing in a florid style, or with variations.
    • Divide (Logic) To separate into species; -- said of a genus or generic term.
    • Divide To separate into two parts, in order to ascertain the votes for and against a measure; as, to divide a legislative house upon a question.
    • Divide (Math) To subject to arithmetical division.
    • Divide To vote, as in the British Parliament, by the members separating themselves into two parties (as on opposite sides of the hall or in opposite lobbies), that is, the ayes dividing from the noes. "The emperors sat, voted, and divided with their equals."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An ear of corn always has an even number of rows because of the genetic formula which divides the cells.
    • divide To separate into parts or pieces; sunder, as a whole into parts; cleave: as, to divide an apple.
    • divide To separate; disjoin; dispart; sever the union or connection of, as things joined in any way, or made up of separate parts: as, to divide soul and body; to divide an army.
    • divide In mathematics: To perform the operation of division on. In common arithmetic, to divide is to separate into a given number of equal parts: thus, if we divide 22 by 7, the quotient will be 3 and the remainder 1. See division, 2.
    • divide To be a divisor of, without leaving a remainder: as, “7 divides 21.”
    • divide To cause to be separate; part by any means of disjunction, real or imaginary; make or keep distinct: as, the equator divides the earth into two hemispheres.
    • divide To make partition of; distribute; share: as, to divide profits among shareholders, between partners, or with workmen.
    • divide To mark off into parts; make divisions on; graduate: as, to divide a sextant, a rule, etc.
    • divide To disunite or cause to disagree in opinion or interest; make discordant.
    • divide To embarrass by indecision; cause to hesitate or fluctuate between different motives or opinions.
    • divide In music, to perform, as a melody, especially with variations or divisions.
    • divide In logic: To separate (in thought or speech) into parts any of the kinds of whole recognized by logic: as, to divide a conception into its elements (species into genus and difference), an essential whole into matter and form, or an integral whole into its integrate parts.
    • divide Especially, to separate (a genus) into its species.
    • divide To expound; explain.
    • divide Synonyms To sever, sunder, bar apart, divorce.
    • divide To allot, apportion, deal out, parcel out.
    • divide To become separated into parts; come or go apart; be disunited.
    • divide To vote by division. See division, 1 .
    • divide To come to an issue; agree as to what are the precise points in dispute, or some of them.
    • n divide In physical geography, a water-shed; the height of land which separates one drainage-basin or area of catchment from another; often, but not always, a ridge or conspicuous elevation.
    • n divide The act of dividing; a division or partition, as of winnings or gains of any kind: as, a fair divide.
    • divide In billiards, to divide balls (mentally) into sixteenths, eighths, quarters, halves, and three quarters of their diameters, in order to insure certain deviations. Strokes are divided into quarter-follows, half-draws, half-spread, and so on.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest amount of money you can have without having change for a dollar is $1.19 (3 quarters, 4 dimes, and 4 pennies cannot be divided into a dollar).
    • v.t Divide di-vīd′ to part asunder: to part among, to allot, &c.: to set at variance: to separate into two parts (as in voting)
    • v.i Divide to part or open: to break friendship: to vote by separating into two bodies
    • n Divide (coll.) the act of dividing: (esp. in U.S.) a watershed
    • n Divide separation
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  • William Lyon Phelps
    William Lyon Phelps
    “I divide all readers into two classes: those who read to remember and those who read to forget.”
  • John Ruskin
    “Books are divided into two classes, the books of the hour and the books of all time.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “It's absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”
  • Plato
    “Any city however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich. These are at war with one another.”
  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.”
  • Hugh Mills
    Hugh Mills
    “Nothing unites the English like war. Nothing divides them like Picasso.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dividere, divisum,; di- = dis-, + root signifying to part,; cf. Skr. vyadh, to pierce; perh. akin to L. vidua, widow, and E. widow,. Cf. Device Devise


In literature:

The vote of Maryland was divided.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
There was much of it to divide.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Articulate: divided into joints or segments.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
At this period, public opinion in the Spanish Universities was very divided with respect to Catholic missions in the Indies.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
Divide the height A D at one end and B E at the other into as many equal divisions as the half of A B is divided into.
"Mechanical Drawing Self-Taught" by Joshua Rose
It is customary to divide these into two, and to call them the first and second sounds.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Into how many classes is poetry divided?
"Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism" by F. V. N. Painter
Think of it: when you work and produce a dollar's worth of wealth by your labor, it is divided up.
"The Common Sense of Socialism" by John Spargo
I think it ought not to be divided equally, but the South ought to have its share.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
In Kashmir the Zanskar or Inner Himalaya divides the valley of the Indus from those of the Chenab and Jhelam.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
Divide the room into teams of three rows each.
"Games and Play for School Morale" by Various
But while the Persian fleet was directed by a single will, there were divided counsels among the Greeks.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
The principle of bees rearing queens from worker-eggs when destitute, gave rise to the dividing hive in several forms.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
Hearers divided into classes?
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
The interior is divided into two compartments; that on the left, as you enter, is reserved for the men, and thither the visitors proceed.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 1 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
Southwest of Timbuctoo the river divides itself into many creeks and branches.
"The World and Its People: Book VII" by Anna B. Badlam
It amplified the language and the law, but did not permanently divide the country.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6" by Various
The county is divided into eight parliamentary divisions, each with one member.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
The franc is divided into 100 centimes, the lira into 100 centesimi and the drachma into 100 lepta.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 7" by Various
It is one of the toughest of plants to divide, the mass of black root is like so much wire.
"Wood and Garden" by Gertrude Jekyll

In poetry:

When read old Kraken: 'Christ our Guide,'
His eyes were spikes of spar:
And see the white snow-storm divide
About an icy star!
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
The world's number is divided in two,
half being you, half me...
The two of us then make a whole.
And no one is any the wiser
"Outside In/Inside Out " by Ozdemir Asaf
Though Death but seldom turns aside
From those he means to take,
He would not yet our hearts divide,
For love and pity's sake.
"Death at the Window" by Robert Fuller Murray
And why, every minute and instant,
My heart is divided in two?
I know that she is in distance,
But feel her right near me, too.
"The Anguish of a Mirage" by Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky
Thou walkest other paths this hour,
For life's paths so divide;
And thine are full of gracious dower,
With children by thy side.
"Connelbush" by Alexander Anderson
THE friends that are, and friends that were,
What shallow waves divide!
I miss the form for many a year
Still seated at my side.
"J. D. R." by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Prime numbers—those that can only be divided by themselves and one—bear a mystery.
With the euro facing one of the most pivotal months in its 13-year history, traders and strategists are more divided than at any time since 2011 over whether officials will be able to keep the currency from tumbling.
The right course is usually to push hard in both directions, to be a house creatively divided against itself, to thrive amid the contradictions .
Olive oil, divided 1 lg.
Survey Shows Racial Divide When Tipping.
Divide pasta, meat and cheese mixture into smaller foil pans (try individual loaf or mini pie pans).
A divided nation is facing down fundamental change.
Lawmakers divided on counterterror initiative.
Lawmakers divided on counterterror effort.
Tabasco® brand Green Pepper Sauce, divided 1 1/2 tsp.
In introducing his new book, "Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America," Paul Gottfried identifies a fundamental divide between neoconservatives and the traditional right.
The divide is over the question: What is this nation, America.
Gary Evans wrote a good letter ("Two visions," Oct 3) concerning how he and, unfortunately, many others see the political divide in America.
Divider -in-Chief To the president, we are all just sects with quarrels to be exploited for political gain.
Religion's not the only divider .

In science:

In [S1] was defined a generic central simple algebra D ′ /K ′ of degree n and order dividing t.
Generic algebras with involution of degree 8m
Note that since T is local, this is equivalent to saying D ′ has order dividing 2 in the Brauer group.
Generic algebras with involution of degree 8m
If α(n) is a unit, {α} contains all the units in T, since every unit, by virtue of dividing every member of T, divides α.
Factorization of integers and arithmetic functions
Gauss argues that if a prime number divides neither a nor b, it cannot divide their product; this is a version of Euclid’s condition (2).
Factorization of integers and arithmetic functions
We need only note that since K = Q, the primes which divide S are exactly the primes which divide 2M N .
Extensions of abelian varieties defined over a number field
Since E has period d it follows that d divides m + p and m′ + p, and so d divides (m + p) − (m′ + p) = m − m′, that is, m − m′ ≡ 0 (mod d).
Some intrinsic properties of simple graph $C^*$-algebras
The shift δ of any point in the recursion step satisfies P{|δ | > γ } = O(exp(−n′ (γ /l)2 )), where n′ is the number of points in the subcuboid being divided, and l is length of the side that is being divided.
Monotone properties of random geometric graphs have sharp thresholds
Now Ci (S ) divides Q(C ) from those vertices with unbarred labels greater than i, and Cj (S ) divides it from those vertices with barred labels greater than ¯j .
Tamari lattices and noncrossing partitions in type B and beyond
In section 2, we obtain the number of Lyndon words with length n by dividing the number of primitive words with length n by n, (the shepherd’s principle: counting the legs and dividing by four to obtain the number of sheeps).
Limit law of the standard right factor of a random Lyndon word
If q is not the largest prime power dividing |A1(Fq )|, then the largest prime power dividing |A1 (Fq )| must be q + 1.
Arithmetic of algebraic groups
Let now φ6 (2) divide the LHS of the equation and assume that it does not divide the RHS.
Arithmetic of algebraic groups
We see that if p is a prime divisor of k then p divides l and the relation (*) then shows that p divides 1.
Pre-modular categories of rank 3
Multiplying κ by the constant factor µ(S ) and dividing µ by the same factor leaves the branching process Φκ, and hence the survival probability ρ(κ; x), unchanged, and so divides ρ(κ) by a factor µ(S ).
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs
As stated the proof of Theorem 1.3 can be divided naturally divides into two parts, we shall discuss them separately.
The spectrum minimum for random Schr\"{o}dinger operators with indefinite sign potentials
It was also found that the position of the peak of α is the same distance from the dividing plane (in z) as the peak vorticity, whereas Kerr (1993) found that the strain peak is always somewhat further from the dividing plane.
Computational Euler History