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divisor

[dih-vahy-zer] /dɪˈvaɪ zər/
noun, Mathematics.
1.
a number by which another number, the dividend, is divided.
2.
a number contained in another given number a certain integral number of times, without a remainder.
Origin of divisor
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin dīvīsor, one who divides, equivalent to dīvīd- (variant stem of dīvidere to divide) + -tor -tor
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Examples from the Web for divisor
Historical Examples
• Every divisor is a gift of God, and corresponds to the months of the year and to the revolution of the universe.

Plato
• Nobody in the world knows yet whether that number has a divisor or not.

Henry Ernest Dudeney
• The only number composed only of ones that we know with certainty to have no divisor is 11.

Henry Ernest Dudeney
• When the last of the divisor must not be set below the last of the dividend.

Anonymous
• It is simple division: wealth the dividend, number of children the divisor.

Frank A. Fetter
• The dividend or product is the area; the divisor or factor is the line.

Florian Cajori
• The classification and the divisor do not alter the rule one iota.

Various.
• Check your result by multiplying the quotient by the divisor.

Edward L. Thorndike
• As the last, but pointing off as many figures in the quotient as the decimal places in the dividend exceed those of the divisor.

• What divisor will give 42⁄7 for a quotient, 66 being the dividend?

Henry Putnam Stearns
British Dictionary definitions for divisor

divisor

/dɪˈvaɪzə/
noun
1.
a number or quantity to be divided into another number or quantity (the dividend)
2.
a number that is a factor of another number
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Word Origin and History for divisor
n.

early 15c., Latin agent noun from dividere (see divide (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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divisor in Science
 divisor   (dĭ-vī'zər)    A number used to divide another. In the equation 15 ÷ 3 = 5, 3 is the divisor.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary