di·vid·er | \də-ˈvī-dər \

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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Our divider-in-chief could have thought outside the box. Stu Bykofsky, Philly.com, "Why Trump should have picked Philly Judge Genece Brinkley for U.S. Supreme Court | Stu Bykofsky," 12 July 2018 There’s a Dutchess dough divider, an appliance R2-D2 could get a crush on, its oblong body tapering up to a metal plate where innocent rounds of dough are placed, only to be slashed into square pieces with domed tops. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "Learning how to make Bertucci’s beloved rolls," 18 June 2018 When benches are not removed, they are fitted with dividers, perhaps to keep people from lying down and sleeping. Stu Bykofsky, Philly.com, "Is the new LOVE Park all you need? | Stu Bykofsky," 28 June 2018 Autopilot isn’t perfect, drivers are supposed to keep their hands on the wheel anyway, and the mode should only be engaged on highways with a center divider and clear lane markings. Alan Murray, Fortune, "China Surprise, EU Tariffs, Browder Arrest: CEO Daily for May 30, 2018," 30 May 2018 The premium bike lanes protected with permanent concrete dividers are aimed at encouraging a more diverse range of riders, from younger children to seniors. Joshua Emerson Smith, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Faulconer calls for premium bike lanes downtown, likely delaying marquee project by years," 19 Mar. 2018 Serving as a divider between the kitchen and the casual seating area are an auburn acrylic Umbo bookcase and a wooden dining table, built by a friend of Karpiak’s, and surrounded by more Philippe Starck seating. Catherine Laughlin, Philly.com, "An Old City apartment that's 'organized but playful'," 22 Mar. 2018 The organizer has 12 cups overall, the tote has internal slots for inserting dividers for organization of space as well as a large open interior. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Keep Your Tools Organized With DeWalt's Storage Sale," 7 Mar. 2018 The Model X driver, Walter Huang, died March 23 when his vehicle crashed into a concrete lane divider and careened into oncoming lanes, obliterating the crossover and igniting a fire. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Tesla Model X driver killed in California crash wasn't holding steering wheel, NTSB says," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of divider

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

dividers : 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 \

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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