- to separate into parts, groups, sections, etc.
- to separate or part from something else; sunder; cut off.
- to deal out in parts; distribute in shares; apportion.
- to cleave; part.
- to separate in opinion or feeling; cause to disagree: The issue divided the senators.
- to distinguish the kinds of; classify.
- to separate into equal parts by the process of mathematical division; apply the mathematical process of division to: Eight divided by four is two.
- to be a divisor of, without a remainder.
- to mark a uniform scale on (a ruler, thermometer, etc.).
- British Government. to separate (a legislature, assembly, etc.) into two groups in ascertaining the vote on a question.
- to become divided or separated.
- to share something with others.
- to diverge; branch; fork: The road divides six miles from here.
- to perform the mathematical process of division: He could add and subtract but hadn't learned to divide.
- British Government. to vote by separating into two groups.
- a division: a divide in the road.
- Physical Geography. the line or zone of higher ground between two adjacent streams or drainage basins.
- Archaic. the act of dividing.
Origin of divide
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Examples from the Web for divide
Bridging the divide between the police and those who distrust them will take more than protests and symbolic gestures.How to Solve the Policing Crisis
January 5, 2015
Divide batter into prepared ramekins, place ramekins on a baking sheet, and bake about 20 minutes.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding
December 28, 2014
Divide the dough in half and very gently pat each half into a round 1-inch-thick disk.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Pumpkin Pecan Pie
December 26, 2014
“You can castigate the leaders; you can try and divide us by generation,” he said.Sharpton Recalls Civil Rights Struggle in DC March Against Police Violence
December 13, 2014
There is an extreme demonstration of this divide in the nation.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries
December 7, 2014
Well, you divide five thousand by ten, and you've got only five hundred left.Way of the Lawless
Now to understand them words perfect you have got to divide the tex.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 5.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
Together we can divide it; otherwise neither of us will get any of it.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Divide the breast into pieces according to the position of the bones.
Divide them in pieces and split them, or cut them into slices.
- to separate or be separated into parts or groups; split up; part
- to share or be shared out in parts; distribute
- to diverge or cause to diverge in opinion or aimthe issue divided the management
- (tr) to keep apart or be a boundary betweenthe Rio Grande divides Mexico from the United States
- (intr) (in Parliament and similar legislatures) to vote by separating into two groups
- to categorize; classify
- to calculate the quotient of (one number or quantity) and (another number or quantity) by divisionto divide 50 by 10; to divide 10 into 50; to divide by 10
- (intr) to divergethe roads divide
- (tr) to mark increments of (length, angle, etc) as by use of an engraving machine
- mainly US and Canadian an area of relatively high ground separating drainage basins; watershedSee also continental divide
- a division; split
Word Origin and History for divide
Mathematical sense is from early 15c. Divide and rule (c.1600) translates Latin divide et impera, a maxim of Machiavelli. Related: Divided; dividing.
1640s, "act of dividing," from divide (v.). Meaning "watershed, separation between river valleys" is first recorded 1807, American English.
- To separate or become separated into parts, sections, groups, or branches.
- To sector into units of measurement; graduate.
- To separate and group according to kind; classify.
- To branch out, as a blood vessel.
- To undergo cell division.
- To subject (a number) to the process of division.
- To be a divisor of.
- To use (a number) as a divisor.
- To perform the operation of division.
- To undergo cell division.