Di·vide v. t. [imp. & p. p. Divided; p. pr. & vb. n. Dividing.]
1. To part asunder (a whole); to sever into two or more parts or pieces; to sunder; to separate into parts.
Divide the living child in two. --1 Kings iii. 25.
2. To cause to be separate; to keep apart by a partition, or by an imaginary line or limit; as, a wall divides two houses; a stream divides the towns.
Let it divide the waters from the waters. --Gen. i. 6.
3. To make partition of among a number; to apportion, as profits of stock among proprietors; to give in shares; to distribute; to mete out; to share.
True justice unto people to divide. --Spenser.
Ye shall divide the land by lot. --Num. xxxiii. 54.
4. To disunite in opinion or interest; to make discordant or hostile; to set at variance.
If a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom can not stand. --Mark iii. 24.
Every family became now divided within itself. --Prescott.
5. To separate into two parts, in order to ascertain the votes for and against a measure; as, to divide a legislative house upon a question.
6. Math. To subject to arithmetical division.
7. Logic To separate into species; -- said of a genus or generic term.
8. Mech. To mark divisions on; to graduate; as, to divide a sextant.
9. Music To play or sing in a florid style, or with variations. [Obs.]
Syn: -- To sever; dissever; sunder; cleave; disjoin; disunite; detach; disconnect; part; distribute; share.
1. Parted; disunited; distributed.
2. Bot. Cut into distinct parts, by incisions which reach the midrib; -- said of a leaf.
adj 1: separated into parts or pieces; "opinions are divided" [ant:
2: having a median strip or island between lanes of traffic
moving in opposite directions; "a divided highway" [syn: dual-lane]
3: distributed in portions (often equal) on the basis of a plan
or purpose [syn: divided up, shared, shared out]