Origin of divider
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Examples from the Web for dividers
It can be done with the dividers by using care in scribing the centers.Practical Mechanics for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
There is a knack in the use of the dividers, where accuracy is wanted, and where the surface is of wood.Carpentry for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
But the brisk, courteous person with the dividers and tape-measure is reassuring.The Perfect Gentleman
"I wonder if there is such a thing as a pair of dividers here," he remarked.
With his dividers he found the letter next nearest to the centre.
- a type of compass with two pointed arms, used for measuring lines or dividing them
- 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 dividers
1520s, agent noun from divide (v.). Meaning "partition or screen," especially in a room, is from 1959.
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