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di·vide

 (dĭ-vīd′)
v. di·vid·ed, di·vid·ing, di·vides
v.tr.
1.
a. To separate into parts, sections, groups, or branches: divided the students into four groups. See Synonyms at separate.
b. To form a border or barrier between: A mountain chain divides France and Spain.
c. To sector into units of measurement; graduate: The ruler was divided into metric units.
d. To group according to kind; classify or assign: divided the plants into different species.
2.
a. To cause to separate into opposing factions; disunite: "They want not to divide either the Revolution or the Church but to be an integral part of both" (Conor Cruise O'Brien).
b. To cause (members of a parliament) to vote by separating into groups, as pro and con.
3. To give out or apportion among a number: Volunteers divided the different jobs among themselves. See Synonyms at distribute.
4. Mathematics
a. To subject (a number) to the process of division: divided 20 by 4.
b. To be a divisor of: 3 divides 9.
c. To use (a number) as a divisor: divided 5 into 35.
v.intr.
1.
a. To become separated into parts: The mixture will divide into several layers if left unagitated.
b. To branch out, as a river or a blood vessel.
c. To form into factions; take sides: The party divided evenly on the tax issue.
d. To vote by dividing.
2. Mathematics To perform the operation of division.
3. Biology To undergo cell division.
n.
1. A dividing point or line: "would clearly tip the court ... across a dangerous constitutional divide" (Lawrence H. Tribe).
2. See watershed.
Idiom:
divide and conquer
1. To exploit one's opponents' internal rivalries or divisions so as to prevent them from unifying against oneself, so that they may be defeated one by one.
2. To divide one's own forces or personnel so as to deal with different tasks simultaneously.

[Middle English dividen, from Latin dīvidere : dī-, dis-, dis- + -videre, to separate.]

di·vid′a·ble adj.

dividing

(dɪˈvaɪdɪŋ)
adj
serving to divide
Translations

dividing

[dɪˈvaɪdɪŋ]
A. ADJ [wall, fence] → divisorio
B. CPD dividing line Nlínea f divisoria

dividing

adj(ab)trennend

dividing

[dɪˈvaɪdɪŋ] adj (fence, wall, line) → divisorio/a
References in classic literature ?
They adopted Jo's plan of dividing the long seams into four parts, and calling the quarters Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, and in that way got on capitally, especially when they talked about the different countries as they stitched their way through them.
He made me a present of his embalmed head; took out his enormous tobacco wallet, and groping under the tobacco, drew out some thirty dollars in silver; then spreading them on the table, and mechanically dividing them into two equal portions, pushed one of them towards me, and said it was mine.
Between it and Judge Driscoll's house there was only a grassy yard, with a paling fence dividing the properties in the middle.
As to the rest, Rebecca had furnished the ideas and Emma Jane the materials and labor, a method of dividing responsibilities that seemed to suit the circumstances admirably.
It raises my influence much too high; the power of dividing two people so tenderly attached is too much for an indifferent person.
Here and there I strayed through the orchard, gathered up the apples with which the grass round the tree roots was thickly strewn; then I employed myself in dividing the ripe from the unripe; I carried them into the house and put them away in the store-room.
Afterwards, they dried and combed her beautiful hair, and gave her a pair of enormous slippers, and wheeled her to the fire; and I left her, as merry as she could be, dividing her food between the little dog and Skulker, whose nose she pinched as he ate; and kindling a spark of spirit in the vacant blue eyes of the Lintons - a dim reflection from her own enchanting face.
But, as there were not only carriage and horses to be seen to, but travelling papers; and as time pressed, for the day was drawing to an end, it came at last to their hastily dividing the business that was necessary to be done, and hurrying away to do it.
Wickfield,' said I, at last, 'who is worth five hundred of you - or me'; for my life, I think, I could not have helped dividing that part of the sentence with an awkward jerk; 'has been imprudent, has he, Mr.
What would alone have set a division between that man and us, if there had been no other dividing circumstance, was his triumph in my story.
These qualities, however, were unalloyed by the slightest shade of selfishness; and, instead of dividing yet farther his weakened nation by forming a faction of his own, it was a leading part of Cedric's plan to extinguish that which already existed, by promoting a marriage betwixt Rowena and Athelstane.
The ticking of the clock on the mantelpiece seemed to him to be dividing time into separate atoms of agony, each of which was too terrible to be borne.