# divisor

[dih-vahy-zer]

- a number by which another number, the dividend, is divided.
- a number contained in another given number a certain integral number of times, without a remainder.

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## Origin of divisor^{}

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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.

LawsPlato

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

The Canterbury PuzzlesHenry Ernest Dudeney

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

The Canterbury PuzzlesHenry Ernest Dudeney

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

The Earliest Arithmetics in EnglishAnonymous

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

The Principles of EconomicsFrank A. Fetter

## divisor

- a number or quantity to be divided into another number or quantity (the dividend)
- a number that is a factor of another number

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## Word Origin and History for divisor

### n.

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

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## divisor

[dĭ-vī′zər]

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

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