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Definition of divisor

: the number by which a dividend is divided

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Recent Examples on the Web Keep cycling through this basic routine, adjusting n at each step and ratcheting up the divisor, until the result of the division is less than 2—then you’re done. Rhett Allain, Wired, "How to Make a Tree With Fractals," 3 Jan. 2020 Lowering the divisors will cost $139.5 million, Mackey said. al, "Alabama education chief wants $300 million more for teachers and classrooms in 2021," 13 Sep. 2019 The two choices that fit the remainder rule for a divisor of 7 are choice 6 (8, –20) and choice 8 (8, –13). Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Creating Art With Mathematics’," 30 Oct. 2015 Due to a robust and growing reserve fund, the bill cuts the divisor that determines the base rates for unemployment insurance tax from 1.5 to 1.3. Betsy Z. Russell, idahostatesman, "Idaho lawmakers send business tax cut bill to Gov. Butch Otter’s desk," 23 Jan. 2018 The divisor in the calculation of the index is adjusted periodically when corporate actions occur, or when companies are added or subtracted from the index. By Lucas Bucl, kansascity, "The Dow is a lousy index for today’s stock market," 18 Sep. 2017 The revision came after a dispute about what number to use as the divisor in calculating averages. Mike Cason, AL.com, "State BOE rates Sentance below proficient in most areas," 25 July 2017

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First Known Use of divisor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of divisor was in the 15th century

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

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English Language Learners Definition of divisor

mathematics : the number by which another number is being divided


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: the number by which a dividend is divided

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