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.
Di·vid·ing a. That divides; separating; marking divisions; graduating.
Dividing engine, a machine for graduating circles (as for astronomical instruments) or bars (as for scales); also, for spacing off and cutting teeth in wheels.
Dividing sinker. Knitting Mach.. See under Sinker.
Grad·u·ate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Graduated p. pr. & vb. n. Graduating ]
1. To mark with degrees; to divide into regular steps, grades, or intervals, as the scale of a thermometer, a scheme of punishment or rewards, etc.
2. To admit or elevate to a certain grade or degree; esp., in a college or university, to admit, at the close of the course, to an honorable standing defined by a diploma; as, he was graduated at Yale College.
3. To prepare gradually; to arrange, temper, or modify by degrees or to a certain degree; to determine the degrees of; as, to graduate the heat of an oven.
Dyers advance and graduate their colors with salts. --Browne.
4. Chem. To bring to a certain degree of consistency, by evaporation, as a fluid.
Graduating engine, a dividing engine. See Dividing engine, under Dividing.
adj 1: serving to divide or marking a division; "the divisional
line between two states" [syn: divisional]
2: serving simply to separate or partition; "a dividing
partition" [syn: dividing(a)]