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[dih-vahy-zer] /dɪˈvaɪ zər/
noun, Mathematics
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.
Origin of divisor
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin dīvīsor, one who divides, equivalent to dīvīd- (variant stem of dīvidere to divide) + -tor -tor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When mixed with a divisor, such manures are diluted, made less active, and consequently less injurious.

    The Elements of Agriculture George E. Waring
  • Nobody in the world knows yet whether that number has a divisor or not.

    The Canterbury Puzzles Henry Ernest Dudeney
  • It is simple division: wealth the dividend, number of children the divisor.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • The only number composed only of ones that we know with certainty to have no divisor is 11.

    The Canterbury Puzzles Henry Ernest Dudeney
  • Any multiple or divisor of 100 may be used for the base, if the tabular number be similarly multiplied.

    The Art of Travel Francis Galton
  • Check your result by multiplying the quotient by the divisor.

    The Psychology of Arithmetic Edward L. Thorndike
  • Similar fractions may be formed with other numbers by placing the particle per between the dividend and the divisor.

    A Manual of the Malay language William Edward Maxwell
  • What divisor will give 42⁄7 for a quotient, 66 being the dividend?

    Insanity Henry Putnam Stearns
  • The number to be divided is the dividend, the number which divides is the divisor, and the result of the division is the quotient.

  • The dividend is set up at the windows and the divisor at the buttons.

British Dictionary definitions for divisor


a number or quantity to be divided into another number or quantity (the dividend)
a number that is a factor of another number
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for divisor

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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divisor in Science
A number used to divide another. In the equation 15 ÷ 3 = 5, 3 is the divisor.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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divisor in Technology

A quantity that evenly divides another quantity.
Unless otherwise stated, use of this term implies that the quantities involved are integers. (For non-integers, the more general term factor may be more appropriate.)
Example: 3 is a divisor of 15. Example: 3 is not a divisor of 14.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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