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    Beam-Compass or Trammel Points. Winged Dividers. Outside Calipers. Inside Calipers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n divider a drafting instrument resembling a compass that is used for dividing lines into equal segments or for transferring measurements
    • n divider a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another)
    • n divider a person who separates something into parts or groups
    • n divider a taxonomist who classifies organisms into many groups on the basis of relatively minor characteristics
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A lion dividing a stag while three other beasts look on A lion dividing a stag while three other beasts look on
A monk uses dividers, a map and a globe are behind him A monk uses dividers, a map and a globe are behind him

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The number 2,520 can be divided by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 without having a fractional leftover.
    • Divider a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another).
    • Divider An instrument for dividing lines, describing circles, etc., compasses. See Compasses.
    • Divider One who deals out to each his share. "Who made me a judge or a divider over you?"
    • Divider One who, or that which, causes division. "Hate is of all things the mightiest divider .""Money, the great divider of the world."
    • Divider One who, or that which, divides; that which separates anything into parts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Sahara Desert is over twice as big as the second largest desert in the world, The Australian Desert. The Sahara is 3.5 million square miles compared to the 1.47 million square miles of the Australian. This is "true" in the generic sense of the Autralian Desert. There is no Australian Desert. It is divided into many different deserts. What would be true would be to say the Sahara is bigger than the desert space in Australia (which is A LOT not sure how much as a percentage of the total land mass of australia).
    • n divider One who or that which divides; that which separates into parts.
    • n divider A distributer; one who deals out to each his share.
    • n divider One who or that which disunites or keeps apart.
    • n divider plural A pair of small compasses, of which the opening is adjusted by means of a screw and nut, used for dividing lines, describing circles, etc.; compasses in general. See compass, 8.
    • n divider An attachment to a harvester for separating the swath of grain on the point of being cut from the portion left standing.
    • n divider plural In mining, same as buntons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The slanted line that divides dates, fractions, choices, etc. (6/1/04) is called a virgule.
    • n Divider that which divides: a kind of compasses for dividing lines, &c
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  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “There are three classes into which all the women past seventy that ever I knew were to be divided: 1. That dear old soul; 2. That old woman; 3. That old witch.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself.”
  • Franklin Field
    Franklin Field
    “The great dividing line between success and failure can be expressed in five words: I DID NOT HAVE TIME.”
  • Omar Khayyam
    “A hair divides what is false and true.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “A house divided against itself cannot stand -- I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free.”
  • Hugh Mills
    Hugh Mills
    “Nothing unites the English like war. Nothing divides them like Picasso.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dividĕre, divisumdis, asunder, root vid, to separate.


In literature:

The church of St. Paul is large, with a nave and a south aisle, divided by early English piers and arches.
"Rides on Railways" by Samuel Sidney
Cut off the head and divide it through the middle; then divide through the backbone.
"Carving and Serving" by Mrs. D. A. Lincoln
This parva is divided by Vyasa into two hundred and twenty-seven chapters.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Men may be divided into these two well defined classes.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
But now I could settle the estate by enforcing the will, or I could divide the estate with her equally.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
They were dividing all their staying with saying all they were saying.
"Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein" by Gertrude Stein
Divide one by the other and we get the velocity, 185,000 miles per second.
"Recreations in Astronomy" by Henry Warren
They divide Africa into two almost equal parts.
"History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1" by George W. Williams
Austria proper was divided by the river Ens into two parts called Upper and Lower Austria.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
The line dividing Persia Proper from Carmania (now Kerman) was somewhat uncertain.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 7. (of 7): The Sassanian or New Persian Empire" by George Rawlinson

In poetry:

For sovereign power reigns not alone,
Grace is a partner of the throne:
Thy grace and justice, mighty Lord,
Shall well divide our last reward.
"Psalm 62" by Isaac Watts
When conquer'd by the tongue or whip,
There's nothing left but to submit;
For William, and his purchas'd bride,
Are doom'd for ever to divide.
"The Pleasures Of Matrimony" by William Hutton
"Julia, come forth! come forth, my child!
Unlock thy cell, Montrose's bride!
Now thou art his, a father's frown
No longer will your fates divide.
"Julia, or the Convent of St. Claire" by Amelia Opie
Father, I wait thy daily will;
Thou shalt divide my portion still;
Grant me on earth what seems thee best,
Till death and heav'n reveal the rest.
"Hymn 43 part 2" by Isaac Watts
God bless you both! for fifty years
You've journeyed onward side by side;
And still, for years to come, God grant
Your paths may nevermore divide;
"Personally Addressed" by John Lawson Stoddard
SET in this stormy Northern sea,
Queen of these restless fields of tide,
England! what shall men say of thee,
Before whose feet the worlds divide?
"Ave Imperatrix" by Oscar Wilde

In news:

Area airports board bitterly divided in search for new executive.
Scott Walker said budget strategy was 'divide and conquer.
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided.
Another Georgetown issue is on the line to generate two sharply divided camps: Should we build another boathouse on the Potomac River.
The board is divided into two factions.
The first batch is selling at $22.50 per pound, which factors in the cost and transport of the barrel, which Umenhofer says he'll sell to Denver's Great Divide Brewing when he's done with it.
If you divide the face into thirds, "the spaces between the hairline and the brows , brows and nose base, and nose base to the chin should be equal in length," says Soare.
The sun had yet to peek from behind the Mono Divide early Saturday morning when I parked my truck near the receding waters of Edison Lake.
Perhaps no tactic has divided baseball as much as the sacrifice bunt , in which a batter bunts the ball to advance a runner to the next base, to put him in a better position to score.
Burned by two recent defaults, a divided Saukville Village Board turned down a request Tuesday for a revolving-fund loan to the Rhythm 'n Brews restaurant.
When it has browned, it can be divided up.
T-cells, center, bind to beads which cause the cells to divide.
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided.
A Company Town Divided by Slawomir Grünberg with Jane Greenberg, profiles Norco, Louisiana, a true company town.
KnollTextiles Glass's Fibra , Cyclone, Chronicle, and Divine divider paneling by Skyline Design, 888-278-4660.

In science:

Note that to define the random weights W N j we divided the interval [0, 1] in N sub-intervals instead of dividing it in |VN | intervals.
Universality of trap models in the ergodic time scale
Let p be a prime that does not divide the order of any group in (H, V ), and let L be the set of forests over {a, b} in which there is a path from the root of the form am b, where p divides m.
Wreath Products of Forest Algebras, with Applications to Tree Logics
The Krohn-Rhodes theorem states that every transition monoid divides an iterated wreath product of transition monoids which are either U2 or groups that divide the original monoid.
Wreath Products of Forest Algebras, with Applications to Tree Logics
The λ dividing line between the SR and FR classes was set to a very low value, however, such that the core galaxies were nearly evenly divided between the FR and SR sets (while the much more numerous power-law galaxies in their sample still dominate the FR subsample).
Cores and the Kinematics of Early-Type Galaxies
Now, as p is the smallest prime dividing ◦(G), ◦(G) does not divide p!.
Excursions in Group Theory