# dividend

## div·i·dend

[div-i-dend]
noun
1.
Mathematics. a number that is to be divided by a divisor.
2.
Law. a sum out of an insolvent estate paid to creditors.
3.
Finance.
a.
a pro-rata share in an amount to be distributed.
b.
a sum of money paid to shareholders of a corporation out of earnings.
4.
Insurance. (in participating insurance) a distribution to a policyholder of a portion of the premium not needed by the company to pay claims or to meet expenses.
5.
a share of anything divided.
6.
anything received as a bonus, reward, or in addition to or beyond what is expected: Swimming is fun, and gives you the dividend of better health.

Origin:
1470–80; < Latin dīvidendum thing to be divided, neuter gerund of dīvidere to divide

su·per·div·i·dend, noun

5. allotment, portion.
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Dividend is always a great word to know.
So is equation. Does it mean:
 a positive number that is equal to the sum of all positive integers that are submultiples of it, as 6, which is equal to the sum of 1, 2, and 3
 an expression or a proposition, often algebraic, asserting the equality of two quantities
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 dividend (ˈdɪvɪˌdɛnd) —n 1. finance a.  a distribution from the net profits of a company to its shareholders b.  a pro-rata portion of this distribution received by a shareholder 2. the share of a cooperative society's surplus allocated at the end of a period to members 3. insurance a sum of money distributed from a company's net profits to the holders of certain policies 4. something extra; bonus 5. Compare divisor a number or quantity to be divided by another number or quantity 6. law the proportion of an insolvent estate payable to the creditors [C15: from Latin dīvidendum what is to be divided; see divide]

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dividend
late 15c., from M.Fr. dividende "a number divided by another," from L. dividendum "thing to be divided," neut. gerundive of dividere (see divide). Sense of "portion of interest on a loan, stock, etc." is from 1680s. Related: Dividends.
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 dividend   (dĭv'ĭ-děnd')  Pronunciation Key  A number divided by another. In the equation 15 ÷ 3 = 5, 15 is the dividend.
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Cultural Dictionary

### dividend definition

A payment to the stockholders of a corporation from the corporation's earnings.

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