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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The sense of language as both a uniter and divider is rarely so deftly conveyed. Kenneth Turan, latimes.com, "'En el Séptimo Día' (On the Seventh Day) shines a light on the everyday lives of Mexican immigrants," 14 June 2018 Stall dividers are hung from the ceiling rather than bolted to the floor—easier to clean the floor that way, and there isn’t hardware to rust on the floor. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Airports Try Stall Tactic: Better Bathrooms," 2 Jan. 2019 For the Tokyo store, Yoshizoe created a larger version, which could be used as a room divider or decoration. Sarah Hucal, Curbed, "Designart Tokyo, in second-annual event, shows promise," 27 Nov. 2018 Of the samples taken at the desks and glass dividers at the airport’s passport control checkpoint, one in three contained the rhinovirus. Martine Powers, The Seattle Times, "Those airport security bins carry more germs than the toilets, scientists say," 4 Sep. 2018 The best part, however, is the series of origami-style folding dividers inside that allow the bag to accommodate for all different types of camera and tech. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Black Friday Luggage Deals of 2018," 23 Nov. 2018 These bags aren't full of pockets and dividers to keep your stuff separated. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "In Praise of the Small-Parts Bag," 15 Nov. 2018 The Neo-classical bank setting means that teller counters act as dividers from the cafe and office space. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "A Coworking Space Just Opened In Montreal's Royal Bank Tower," 23 Sep. 2016 Its thick padding, lined interior, and abundance of dividers are great for anyone who needs 12 liters of storage to protect their DSLR gear. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "‘The world’s most versatile waterproof backpack’ review," 20 Nov. 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 \

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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