Definition of Divide

1. Noun. A serious disagreement between two groups of people (typically producing tension or hostility).

Generic synonyms: Disagreement, Dissension, Dissonance

2. Verb. Separate into parts or portions. "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I"

3. Noun. A ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems.
Exact synonyms: Water Parting, Watershed
Generic synonyms: Line
Specialized synonyms: Continental Divide
Specialized synonyms: Great Divide

4. Verb. Perform a division. "Can you divide 49 by seven?"
Exact synonyms: Fraction
Category relationships: Arithmetic
Generic synonyms: Calculate, Cipher, Compute, Cypher, Figure, Reckon, Work Out
Specialized synonyms: Halve, Quarter
Derivative terms: Divisible, Division, Fraction
Antonyms: Multiply

5. Verb. Act as a barrier between; stand between. "The mountain range divides the two countries"
Exact synonyms: Separate
Derivative terms: Divider

6. Verb. Come apart. "The two pieces that we had glued separated"

7. Verb. Make a division or separation.
Exact synonyms: Separate
Specialized synonyms: Partition, Zone, Break, Break Up, Dispel, Disperse, Dissipate, Scatter, Rail, Rail Off, Detach, Close Off, Shut Off
Derivative terms: Divisible, Division, Separative

8. Verb. Force, take, or pull apart. "They divide their hair "; "Moses parted the Red Sea"

Definition of Divide

1. v. t. To part asunder (a whole); to sever into two or more parts or pieces; to sunder; to separate into parts.

2. v. i. To be separated; to part; to open; to go asunder.

3. n. A dividing ridge of land between the tributaries of two streams; a watershed.

Definition of Divide

1. Verb. (transitive) To split or separate (something) into two or more parts. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To share (something) by dividing it. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive arithmetic) To calculate the number (the quotient) by which you must multiply one given number (the divisor) to produce a second given number (the dividend). ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To separate into two or more parts. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) (biology) Of a cell, to reproduce by dividing. ¹

6. Noun. A thing that divides. ¹

7. Noun. An act of dividing. ¹

8. Noun. A distancing between two people or things. ¹

9. Noun. (geography) A large chasm, gorge, or ravine between two areas of land. ¹

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Definition of Divide

1. to separate into parts, areas, or groups [v -VIDED, -VIDING, -VIDES]

Medical Definition of Divide

1. 1. To part asunder (a whole); to sever into two or more parts or pieces; to sunder; to separate into parts. "Divide the living child in two." (1 Kings III. 25) 2. To cause to be separate; to keep apart by a partition, or by an imaginary line or limit; as, a wall divides two houses; a stream divides the towns. "Let it divide the waters from the waters." (Gen. I. 6) 3. To make partition of among a number; to apportion, as profits of stock among proprietors; to give in shares; to distribute; to mete out; to share. "True justice unto people to divide." (Spenser) "Ye shall divide the land by lot." (Num. Xxxiii. 54) 4. To disunite in opinion or interest; to make discordant or hostile; to set at variance. "If a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom can not stand." (Mark III. 24) "Every family became now divided within itself." (Prescott) 5. To separate into two parts, in order to ascertain the votes for and against a measure; as, to divide a legislative house upon a question. 6. To subject to arithmetical division. 7. To separate into species; said of a genus or generic term. 8. To mark divisions on; to graduate; as, to divide a sextant. 9. To play or sing in a florid style, or with variations. Synonym: To sever, dissever, sunder, cleave, disjoin, disunite, detach, disconnect, part, distribute, share. Origin: L. Dividere, divisum; di- = dis- + root signifying to part; cf. Skr. Vyadh to pierce; perh. Akin to L. Vidua widow, and E. Widow. Cf. Device, Devise. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Divide

divide and conquer
divide and rule
divide up
divided dose
divided highway
divided spectacles
divided up

Literary usage of Divide

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Algebra for the Use of Colleges and Schools: With Numerous Examples by Isaac Todhunter (1875)
"divide a4 + 2a!&' + 964 by a2 + 2a6 + 36*. 1 3. divide a6 - be by a3 + 2a26 + ... divide the product of a*+ax + xs and a3 + x9 by G4 + aV + a;4. 22. ..."

2. Practical and Mental Arithmetic, on a New Plan: Containing a Complete System by Roswell Chamberlain Smith (1843)
"divide C20 by 8ft- A. 75£. 9. divide S4 by £J§. 4. 1GO. X£0. ... To divide ONE FRACTION BY ANOTHER. 1. At j of a cent an apple, how many apples may bo ..."

3. Introduction to the National Arithmetic: On the Inductive System, Combining by Benjamin Greenleaf (1870)
"divide the product of 8, 6, and 3, by the product of 6, 3, and 4. Ans. 2. ... divide the product of 12, 7, and 5, by the product of 2, 4, and 3. Ans. 17£. ..."

4. New Elementary Algebra: Containing the Rudiments of the Science for Schools by Horatio Nelson Robinson (1875)
"67. To divide a polynomial by a monomial. I. divide 12a5 ... divide each term of the dividend separately, and* connect the quotients by their proper signs. ..."

5. Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson (1886)
"THE PRINCE AND HIS SISTER divide BETWEEN THEM THE WORK OP OBSERVATION. ... We will divide the task between us: you shall try what is to be found in the ..."

6. The Works of Daniel Webster by Daniel Webster, Edward Everett (1851)
"The resolution of the honorable member from Roxbury f proposes to divide the State into certain legislative districts, and * Remarks made on ihe 15th of ..."

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