divisor

noun
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 This works out because the only improper divisor of a number is the number itself. Quanta Magazine, "The Mysterious Math of Perfection," 15 Mar. 2021 S&P Dow Indices, which oversees the Dow, changed the divisor used to generate the index's total. David Goldman, CNN, "Big changes are coming to the Dow today," 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, "Stock splits: Everything investors need to know in light of Apple’s and Tesla’s moves," 31 Aug. 2020 While not directly correlated to class size, lower divisors mean more teachers, which ultimately lowers class sizes, Mackey said. al, "Alabama education chief wants $300 million more for teachers and classrooms in 2021," 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, "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

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First Known Use of divisor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Divisor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divisor. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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divisor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of divisor

mathematics : the number by which another number is being divided

divisor

noun
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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