[ div-i-dend ]
/ ˈdɪv ɪˌdɛnd /
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Mathematics. a number that is to be divided by a divisor.
Law. a sum out of an insolvent estate paid to creditors.
  1. a pro-rata share in an amount to be distributed.
  2. 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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Origin of dividend

1470–80; <Latin dīvidendum thing to be divided, neuter gerund of dīvidere to divide


su·per·div·i·dend, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dividend

/ (ˈdɪvɪˌdɛnd) /

  1. a distribution from the net profits of a company to its shareholders
  2. 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 for dividend

C15: from Latin dīvidendum what is to be divided; see divide
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Scientific definitions for dividend

[ dĭvĭ-dĕnd′ ]

A number divided by another. In the equation 15 ÷ 3 = 5, 15 is the dividend.
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Cultural definitions for dividend


A payment to the stockholders of a corporation from the corporation's earnings.

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