[ dih-vahy-der ]
/ dɪˈvaɪ dər /


a person or thing that divides.
dividers, a pair of compasses, as used for dividing lines, measuring, etc.
a partition between two areas or dividing one area into two, as a piece of cardboard in a box or a bookcase jutting out from a wall.
Mining. bunton.

Nearby words

  1. dividedly,
  2. dividend,
  3. dividend cover,
  4. dividend on,
  5. dividendus,
  6. dividers,
  7. dividual,
  8. divination,
  9. divinatory,
  10. divine

Origin of divider

First recorded in 1520–30; divide + -er1

Related formspre·di·vid·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for divider


/ (dɪˈvaɪdə) /


Also called: room divider a screen or piece of furniture placed so as to divide a room into separate areas
a person or thing that divides
electronics an electrical circuit with an output that is a well-defined fraction of the given inputa voltage divider
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Word Origin and History for divider



1520s, agent noun from divide (v.). Meaning "partition or screen," especially in a room, is from 1959.

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