di·​vi·​sor | \ də-ˈvī-zər How to pronounce divisor (audio) \

Definition of divisor

: the number by which a dividend is divided

Examples of divisor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One flaw with using return on equity as the measure is that the numbers look better when a company’s debt is high (and therefore its equity, the divisor in the equation, is low). John Dorfman, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 This works out because the only improper divisor of a number is the number itself. Quanta Magazine, 15 Mar. 2021 S&P Dow Indices, which oversees the Dow, changed the divisor used to generate the index's total. David Goldman, CNN, 31 Aug. 2020 The dividend yield overall won’t change, but the dividend per share may be reduced by the same divisor as the split. Anne Sraders, Fortune, 31 Aug. 2020 While not directly correlated to class size, lower divisors mean more teachers, which ultimately lowers class sizes, Mackey said. al, 13 Sep. 2019 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, 3 Jan. 2020 Lowering the divisors will cost $139.5 million, Mackey said. al, 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, 30 Oct. 2015

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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 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of divisor

mathematics : the number by which another number is being divided


di·​vi·​sor | \ də-ˈvī-zər How to pronounce divisor (audio) \

Kids Definition of divisor

: the number by which a dividend is divided

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