• (v. t.) To part asunder (a whole); to sever into two or more parts or pieces; to sunder; to separate into parts.
  • (v. t.) 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.
  • (v. t.) 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.
  • (v. t.) To disunite in opinion or interest; to make discordant or hostile; to set at variance.
  • (v. t.) 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.
  • (v. t.) To subject to arithmetical division.
  • (v. t.) To separate into species; -- said of a genus or generic term.
  • (v. t.) To mark divisions on; to graduate; as, to divide a sextant.
  • (v. t.) To play or sing in a florid style, or with variations.
  • (v. i.) To be separated; to part; to open; to go asunder.
  • (v. i.) To cause separation; to disunite.
  • (v. i.) To break friendship; to fall out.
  • (v. i.) To have a share; to partake.
  • (v. i.) To vote, as in the British Parliament, by the members separating themselves into two parties (as on opposite sides of the hall or in opposite lobbies), that is, the ayes dividing from the noes.
  • (n.) A dividing ridge of land between the tributaries of two streams; a watershed.