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[dih-vahy-der] /dɪˈvaɪ dər/
a person or thing that divides.
dividers, a pair of compasses, as used for dividing lines, measuring, etc.
a partition between two areas or dividing one area into two, as a piece of cardboard in a box or a bookcase jutting out from a wall.
Mining. bunton.
Origin of divider
1520-30; divide + -er1
Related forms
predivider, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for divider
  • Its lineup of wine bottles on a divider between the bar and dining room confirms the wine country connection.
  • The sectioned shelves of a room divider display a collection of hand-painted mugs.
  • He even thought about getting a divider for their room, but rejected the idea because it would simply accentuate the confinement.
  • It wasn't a traditional two-room suite but rather a huge single room with a small divider in the center.
  • As a community organizer he shone but as the great divider of our people he is a disaster.
  • The first is that he is such a polarising figure-a divider rather than a uniter.
  • Before calling him a divider, consider that people of goodwill may disagree and remain united.
  • They will prefer to punish the divider's greed rather than take a small benefit themselves.
  • One halfway modular divider enables specific equipment setup.
  • The interior features a divider to keep your skis from scraping during travel.
British Dictionary definitions for divider


Also called room divider. a screen or piece of furniture placed so as to divide a room into separate areas
a person or thing that divides
(electronics) an electrical circuit with an output that is a well-defined fraction of the given input: a voltage divider
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for divider

1520s, agent noun from divide (v.). Meaning "partition or screen," especially in a room, is from 1959.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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