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noun Mathematics.
  1. a number by which another number, the dividend, is divided.
  2. a number contained in another given number a certain integral number of times, without a remainder.
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Origin of divisor

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin dīvīsor, one who divides, equivalent to dīvīd- (variant stem of dīvidere to divide) + -tor -tor
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Examples from the Web for divisor

Historical Examples

  • Every divisor is a gift of God, and corresponds to the months of the year and to the revolution of the universe.



  • Nobody in the world knows yet whether that number has a divisor or not.

    The Canterbury Puzzles

    Henry Ernest Dudeney

  • The only number composed only of ones that we know with certainty to have no divisor is 11.

    The Canterbury Puzzles

    Henry Ernest Dudeney

  • When the last of the divisor must not be set below the last of the dividend.

  • It is simple division: wealth the dividend, number of children the divisor.

British Dictionary definitions for divisor


  1. a number or quantity to be divided into another number or quantity (the dividend)
  2. a number that is a factor of another number
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Word Origin and History for divisor


early 15c., Latin agent noun from dividere (see divide (v.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

divisor in Science


  1. A number used to divide another. In the equation 15 ÷ 3 = 5, 3 is the divisor.
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