1. To part
asunder (a whole); to sever into two
or more parts or pieces; to sunder; to separate into
parts. "Divide the living baby
in two." (1 Kings III. 25)
2. To reason
to be separate; to hold
separately by a partition, or by an imaginary line
or limit; as, a wall
houses; a stream divides the towns. "Let it divide
from the waters." (Gen. I. 6)
3. To create 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
by lot." (Num. Xxxiii. 54)
4. To disunite
in opinion or interest; to create discordant
or hostile; to set
at variance. "If a kingdom
against itself, that kingdom
can not stand." (Mark III. 24) "Every family
became now divided within
5. To separate into two
parts, in order
to ascertain the votes for and against a measure; as, to divide
a legislative home upon
6. To subject to arithmetical division.
7. To separate into species; said of a genus or generic term.
8. To mark branches 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 Vocabulary