- Mathematics. a number that is to be divided by a divisor.
- Law. a sum out of an insolvent estate paid to creditors.
- a pro-rata share in an amount to be distributed.
- a sum of money paid to shareholders of a corporation out of earnings.
- Insurance. (in participating insurance) a distribution to a policyholder of a portion of the premium not needed by the company to pay claims or to meet expenses.
- a share of anything divided.
- anything received as a bonus, reward, or in addition to or beyond what is expected: Swimming is fun, and gives you the dividend of better health.
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Since then, all dividend payments have been frozen and Iran receives “no uranium or revenue from the mine.”McCain Helps a Business Partner of Iran
November 13, 2014
In exchange for the cash, Fannie and Freddie issued preferred stock to Treasury that was supposed to pay 10 percent dividend.Remember the $182 Billion AIG Bailout? It Just Wasn’t Generous Enough
October 15, 2014
Fannie Mae in September paid a $10.2 billion dividend and Freddie Mac paid a $4.4 billion dividend.Government Shuts Down and Private Sector Feels the Pain, Too
October 4, 2013
The company also announced Tuesday that it would jack up its quarterly dividend by 26.7 percent, from 30 cents to 38 percent.Jamie Dimon to Shareholders: Suck It
May 21, 2013
Some of the dividend yielding sectors like telecom and utilities make up a significant portion of the portfolio.'Sold in the USA' Stocks Beating S&P 500
May 10, 2013
This dividend was payable in capital stock and was equal to 30 per cent.The Railroad Question
My heart relented; I gave him the order, and paid Paganini the dividend.
I don't want to go without a dividend for years if the Chairman does.Strife (First Series Plays)
The sign of the remainder is the same as the sign of the dividend.Preliminary Specifications: Programmed Data Processor Model Three (PDP-3)
Digital Equipment Corporation
Our first dividend will be at least cent, per cent., so that he cannot lose by us.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II.
Charles James Lever
- a distribution from the net profits of a company to its shareholders
- a pro-rata portion of this distribution received by a shareholder
- the share of a cooperative society's surplus allocated at the end of a period to members
- insurance a sum of money distributed from a company's net profits to the holders of certain policies
- something extra; bonus
- a number or quantity to be divided by another number or quantityCompare divisor
- law the proportion of an insolvent estate payable to the creditors
Word Origin and History for dividend
late 15c., from Middle French dividende "a number divided by another," from Latin dividendum "thing to be divided," neuter gerundive of dividere (see divide). Mathematical sense is from 1540s. Meaning "portion of interest on a loan, stock, etc." is from 1620s. Related: Dividends.
- A number divided by another. In the equation 15 ÷ 3 = 5, 15 is the dividend.