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

Definition of divisor

: the number by which a dividend is divided

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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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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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) \

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: the number by which a dividend is divided

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