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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 Instead, the smell of air freshener hits you as you're greeted by a friendly teller in a polo shirt seated behind a glass divider. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "We went to the recreational marijuana dispensary closest to Indy. This is what it's like.," 17 Jan. 2020 So, Butler devised a creative layout and smart use of furniture, dividers, and storage to divvy up the one space into two. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This NYC Apartment Makes Ingenious Use of Color," 8 Oct. 2019 Police charged a League City man, 19, with no driver’s license and possession of drug paraphernalia after an officer allegedly saw him drive over a lane divider and continue in the bicycle lane Aug. 23 in the 500 block of East Parkwood Avenue. Jennifer James Correspondent, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood man accused of stealing school bus," 6 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, on the charter side, two classrooms are set up using dividers in the office space. Howard Blume, latimes.com, "A tug-of-war over empty classrooms between a charter school and its host campus," 9 July 2019 Collected items are then stashed behind dividers, and when all the runners cross the start line, staff members begin to bag the clothes. Javonte Anderson, chicagotribune.com, "Why do runners throw away their clothes during the Chicago Marathon, and what happens to the clothing after the race?," 11 Oct. 2019 At Tuesday’s hearing, Tyndall stood in court in a yellow L.A. County jail shirt and blue pants with his back to the courtroom audience behind a glass divider used to hold inmates. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "Ex-USC gynecologist sold sex videos he recorded in foreign hotel rooms, prosecutor says," 9 July 2019 Williams then went to a back office behind a divider and asked another female staff member for a WCTC shirt. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A student sexually assaulted Waukesha County Technical College staff members, complaint says," 11 June 2019 After his parents dropped him off late to school, the little boy, 6, was forced to eat lunch alone, behind a divider multiple times. Marlisse Cepeda, Woman's Day, "School Punishes First Grader In Absurd Way For Being Late To School," 2 Mar. 2015

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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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6 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Divider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divider. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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