di·​vid·​er | \ də-ˈvī-dər How to pronounce divider (audio) \

Definition of divider

1 : one that divides
2 dividers plural : an instrument for measuring or marking (as in dividing lines)
3 : something serving as a partition between separate spaces or areas a highway divider

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Examples of divider in a Sentence

Concrete barriers are used as highway dividers. She has proven to be a divider of people. He says that he's a uniter, not a divider.
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Recent Examples on the Web The car -- a 2021 Genesis GV80 mid-size SUV -- was found several hundred feet away from the center divider. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, "Tiger Woods 'calm,' 'lucid' when police arrived following rollover car crash in California," 23 Feb. 2021 Law enforcement sources speaking to The Times on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter said Woods was traveling at a high rate of speed and lost control of the vehicle before crossing the center divider. Los Angeles Times, "Tiger Woods hospitalized after serious rollover crash near Rancho Palos Verdes," 23 Feb. 2021 The internal organization is pretty bare-bones, with one deep mesh divider, a small accessories pocket and a containment strap that proved a bit tricky to snap open and closed. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "The best carry-on suitcases of 2020," 9 Oct. 2020 In the 1980s and ’90s — the bad old days of the city — encountering a plexiglass divider in a store was often something that triggered anxiety and discomfort. New York Times, "8 Things We Hated About New York Until 2020 Happened," 25 Dec. 2020 There’s always the classic room divider, said Irvington, N.J., designer Beth Diana Smith. Sarah Lyon, WSJ, "How to Decorate Around Home Gym Equipment," 15 Jan. 2021 One lane of north and south Interstate 5 north of the truck scales near Camp Pendleton remained closed early Thursday after a FedEx semi crashed into the center divider, damaging a stretch of guardrail and spilling fuel. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fuel spill from semi truck prompts lane closures on north, south I-5 near Camp Pendleton," 31 Dec. 2020 Aungst said a concrete traffic divider installed on the eastern portion of the parking lot, along with new traffic signals, are expected to control traffic flow into and out of the Chick-fil-A property. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Brunswick councilman concerned about traffic at new Chick-Fil-A location," 15 Dec. 2020 Fireproof ripstop nylon top and rear cargo divider Learn more about additional features of the vehicle and collaboration in the video below. Sunset Magazine, "Ford Bronco, Filson Partner to Benefit National Forest Foundation & Firefighters," 24 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of divider

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of divider was in 1534

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4 Mar 2021

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“Divider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divider. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of divider

: a thing that keeps two spaces or areas separate
: someone or something that causes people to disagree with one another
: a tool that consists of two pointed sticks joined at the top and that is used for measuring or marking lines and angles


di·​vid·​er | \ də-ˈvīd-ər How to pronounce divider (audio) \

Medical Definition of divider

: the second incisor tooth of a horse situated between the center and corner incisors on each side — compare nipper sense 2

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