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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One of the complaints also alleged that Lambert was observed double stacking containers in the back of a van with no rack, divider or support between the containers. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Two Arizona funeral directors lose licenses after allegations that crematory stacked containers of bodies," 4 June 2019 Find a crate that's only big enough for your dog to stand up and turn around in (try one with a divider panel that will grow with him), and keep the pee pad (see Lab picks, right) outside of it. Good Housekeeping, "4 Smart Fixes for Your Biggest Puppy Potty Training Problems," 22 Mar. 2016 The fold-up divider features three rotating panels, each with space for six 5'x7' and 4'x6' photos, for a total of 18 photos. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Umbra's Pano Is a Clever Gallery Wall and a Room Divider All in One," 7 Mar. 2019 The kitchen island is one of those home elements that seems to have known its purpose from its inception: a utilitarian divider between kitchen and family zones, the heart of the home. Kim Cook, The Seattle Times, "The latest innovations for kitchen islands," 19 Feb. 2019 When not needed, the divider hides down below in the spare-tire compartment. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 Chevy Blazer Test Drive: What Happened When GM Tried To Make the Crossover Cool," 4 Feb. 2019 Seyoun Cheong, the manager of Ramen Setagaya, hangs a traditional cloth divider, or noren, over a new food stall in Japanese Village. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Brooklyn Gets a Japanese Answer to Manhattan’s Eataly," 17 Nov. 2018 For several years, self-driving car companies have been building high-resolution maps recording the precise location of curbs, lane dividers, signs, and other objects in and near the road. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "This startup helps self-driving cars literally feel the road," 11 Sep. 2018 The impact forced the Lincoln into the center divider, and the vehicle then flipped. Teri Figueroa, latimes.com, "Will Ferrell was playing Ron Burgundy at political event before car crash," 14 Apr. 2018

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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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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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