- separated; separate.
- shared; apportioned.
- (of a leaf) cut into distinct portions by incisions extending to the midrib or base.
Origin of divided
- 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 divided
If you look at the history, you can really understand why the parties are so divided and why the public is so split.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
Divided and drained by war, Syrian Christians are determined to celebrate for the first time in four years.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive
December 25, 2014
But one sequence in particular has divided audiences squarely in half.Christopher Nolan Explains Interstellar’s Big, Hotly Debated Twist
November 19, 2014
As we enter the waning years of the Obama Administration, America remains as divided as ever on matters of race.As Michael Brown Grand Jury Winds Down, Is Ferguson on the Brink of War?
November 16, 2014
The country is divided, sharply and unrelentingly, over the same questions.A Reminder: Our Justices are Politicians in Robes
November 13, 2014
So we voice our hope and our belief that we can help to heal this divided world.
The House divided and the government were left in a minority of nineteen.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
There they sat down around a council table, and there they divided the spoils.Way of the Lawless
One to me, one to you and one to be divided up among the others.Within the Law
In this case the indication of the pointer must be divided by ten.
- botany another word for dissected (def. 1)
- split; not united
- 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 divided
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.