Divider Di*vid"er, n. 1. One who, or that which, divides; that which separates anything into parts. [1913 Webster]

2. One who deals out to each his share. [1913 Webster]

Who made me a judge or a divider over you? --Luke xii. 14. [1913 Webster]

3. One who, or that which, causes division. [1913 Webster]

Hate is of all things the mightiest divider. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Money, the great divider of the world. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

4. pl. An instrument for dividing lines, describing circles, etc., compasses. See {Compasses}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The word dividers is usually applied to the instrument as made for the use of draughtsmen, etc.; compasses to the coarser instrument used by carpenters. [1913 Webster]

5. a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another).

Note: The structure may be a wall with an opening in it to allow seeing one part of the room from the other. This term is also used to designate a semitransparent curtain formed by hanging multiple strings of various materials from a ceiling, intended to visually partition a room without inhibiting passage between the partitions

Syn: partition, room divider. [WordNet 1.5 PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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