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.
Recent Examples on the Web First responders found the van with severe front damage after hitting a concrete divider. Emmett Jones, Fox News, 7 June 2022 Kids will love to recline under the three-sided canvas canopy with mesh windows, and to keep their drinks and snacks close by on the divider between loungers. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 16 May 2022 The hard shell exterior is lightweight but durable and the interior zippered divider panels make organizing a snap. Lois Alter Mark, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Meantime, other drivers who had stopped to help were trying to maintain control of the suspect by bending him backward on the concrete center divider. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 The bag also has several interior organization features, including an external power bank pocket, multiple accessory pockets, two zippered divider panels, and a water-resistant pocket that's perfect for storing toiletries. Travel + Leisure, 17 May 2021 By far our favorite feature of these duffels, though, is the divider panels on the inside. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, 31 Mar. 2021 The unidentified victim apparently had run from the right shoulder toward the center divider before being struck, the CHP said. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Aug. 2021 During the accident, which occurred on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes in Southern California, Woods' car struck a sign in the center divider and cut through a tree before landing on the side of the road. Natasha Dado, PEOPLE.com, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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20 Jun 2022

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“Divider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divider. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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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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