(Latin: to separate; a separation)
The rescuers were using a special device to find people who were trapped in the collapsed building.
Lina's cool manner is her device to avoid having to talk to her colleagues at work.
2. A separation of people into two or more groups: The political conflicts have resulted in a growing divide between the conservative and the liberal coalitions of the country.
Sara divided the pie uniformly into ten pieces for her family.
Mrs. Thomas divided her class up into six teams to work on the class assignment.2. To share or to give something, usually in equal amounts: Before the meal, the two friends agreed to divide the cost justly between them just as they had divided their work equally.
3. To use different amounts of something for different purposes or activities: Monroe divides his time between his apartment in the city and visiting his son in the country.
4. To cause something to be separated or away from something else: The neighbors have a tall fence that divides their properties.
5. To keep people away from each other when they have disagreements or can't get along: The nation was divided by racial conflicts.
6. To calculate how many times a number contains another number: If John divides 8 by 2, the result equals 4.
1. A reference to the policy of stirring up dissension and rivalries within the ranks of one's enemies, as Caesar did in Gaul and elsewhere.
2. This ancient political maxim, adopted by Machiavelli, is also given as Divide ut regnes and as Divide ut imperes, all of which mean "divide [the opposition] in order to rule" or "divide and conquer".
2. Referring to disagreements or disunity: Phil and Pamela had dividedly different opinions about the article that was presented in the newspaper.
2. A payment due to individuals who have invested in a successful financial undertaking: The dividend produced by the funding company pleased those who had committed their savings.
2. A procedure that is used in mathematics to find out how often a number is in another numerical quantity: First the students learned to multiply numbers, then they were taught the skills of the division of such symbols as, 9 by 3 = 3.
3. A group of people who participate in a specialized profession of a large organization: Karl was a reporter in the news division of the TV station.
4. A special military organization: An army division consists of five brigades.
5. A team of people who are nearly the same age, stature, gender, etc. who compete in sports against each other: The soccer players from one division of the country won the final game in the series by one point over those in the other division.
6. A composition of people in different communities, countries, etc., who do not have the same beliefs or ways of living which separates them from each other: There have been serious divisions between the government and the rebels which have resulted in many deaths and so much destruction that thousands of people have been forced to flee into other countries in order to survive.
The division within the church between those who wanted a professional choir and those who wanted a volunteer choir was causing conflicts that disturbed the other members of the congregation.