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)
Origin: L. Dividere, divisum; di- = dis- + root signifying to part; cf. Skr. Vyadh to pierce; perh. Akin to L. Vidua widow, and E. Widow. Cf. Device, Devise.
(01 Mar 1998)
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