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The act of stripping, putting off, or depriving. – Boyle. Encyc.

DI-VID'A-BLE, a. [See Divide.]

  1. That may be divided.
  2. Separate; parted. [Not used nor proper.] – Shak.

DI-VIDE', v.i.

  1. To part; to open; to cleave.
  2. To break friendship; as, brothers divide. – Shak.
  3. To vote by the division of a legislative house into two parts. The emperors sat, voted and divided with their equals. – Gibbon.

DI-VIDE', v.t. [L. divido; di or dis and iduo, that is, viduo, to part. The Greek, ιδιος, ιδιωμα, ιδιωτης, are from the same root, as is the L. individuus, viduus, vidua, Eng. widow, and wide and void. See the latter words.]

  1. To part or separate an entire thing; to part a thing into two or more pieces. Divide the living child in two. – 1 Kings iii.
  2. To cause to be separate; to keep apart by a partition or by an imaginary line or limit. A wall divides two houses. The equator divides the earth into two hemispheres. Let the firmament divide the waters from the waters. – Gen. i.
  3. To make partition of, among a number. Ye shall divide the land by lot. – Numb. xxxiii.
  4. To open; to cleave. Thou didst divide the sea. – Neh. ix.
  5. To disunite in opinion or interest; to make discordant. There shall be five in one house divided, three against two. – Luke. xii.
  6. To distribute; to separate and bestow in parts or shares. And he divided to them his living. – Luke xv.
  7. To make dividends; to apportion the interest or profits of stock among proprietors; as, the bank divides six percent.
  8. To separate into two parts, for ascertaining opinions for and against a measure; as, to divide a legislative house in voting.

DI-VID'ED, pp.

Parted; disunited; distributed.

DI-VID'ED-LY, adv.

Separately. – Knatchbull.


  1. A part or share; particularly, the share of the interest or profit of stock in trade or other employment, which belongs to each proprietor according to his proportion of the stock or capital.
  2. In arithmetic, the number to be divided into equal parts.


  1. He or that which divides; that which separates into parts.
  2. A distributor; one who deals out to each his share. Who made me a judge or divider over you? – Luke. xii.
  3. He or that which disunites. – Swift.
  4. A kind of compasses.



DI-VI'DING, ppr.

  1. Parting; separating; distributing; disuniting; apportioning to each his share.
  2. adj. That indicates separation or difference; as, a dividing line.


By division.

DI-VID'U-AL, a. [L. dividuus, from divido.]

Divided, shared or participated in common with others. [Little used.] – Milton.

DI-VID'U-AL-LY, adv.

By dividing.

DIV-IN-A'TION, n. [L. divinatio, from divino, to foretell, from divinus. See Divine.]

  1. The act of divining; a foretelling future events, or discovering things secret or obscure, by the aid of superior beings, or by other than human means. The ancient heathen philosophers divided divination into two kinds, natural and artificial. Natural divination was supposed be effected by a kind of inspiration or divine afflatus; artificial divination was effected by certain rites, experiments or observations, as by sacrifices, cakes, flour, wine, observation of entrails, flight of birds, lots, verses, omens, position of the stars, &c. – Encyc.
  2. Conjectural presage; prediction. – Shak.


One who pretends to divination.


Professing divination.

DI-VINE', a. [L. divinus, from divus, a god, coinciding in origin with deus, θεος.]

  1. Pertaining to the true God; as, the divine nature; divine perfections.
  2. Pertaining to a heathen deity, or to false gods.
  3. Partaking of the nature of God. Half human, half divine. – Dryden.
  4. Proceeding from God; as, divine judgments.
  5. Godlike; heavenly; excellent in the highest degree; extraordinary; apparently above what is human. In this application the word admits of comparison; as, a divine invention; a divine genius; the divinest mind. – Davies. A divine sentence is in the lips of the king. – Prov. xvi.
  6. Presageful; foreboding; prescient. [Not used.] – Milton.
  7. Appropriated to God, or celebrating his praise; as, divine service; divine songs; divine worship.

DI-VINE', n.

  1. A minister of the Gospel; a priest; a clergyman. – Swift. The first divines of New England were surpassed by none in extensive erudition, personal sanctity, and diligence in the pastoral office. – J. Woodbridge.
  2. A man skilled in divinity; a theologian; as, a great divine.

DI-VINE', v.i.

  1. To use or practice divination.
  2. To utter presages or prognostications. The prophets thereof divine for money. – Micah iii.
  3. To have presages or forebodings. Suggest but truth to my divining thoughts. – Shak.
  4. To guess or conjecture. Could you divine what lovers bear. – Granville.

DI-VINE', v.t. [L. divino.]

  1. To foreknow; to foretell; to presage. Dar'st thou divine his downfall? – Shak.
  2. To deify. [Not in use.] – Spenser.

DI-VINE'LY, adv.

  1. In a divine or godlike manner; in a manner resembling deity.
  2. By the agency or influence of God; as, a prophet divinely inspired; divinely taught.
  3. Excellently; in the supreme degree; as, divinely fair; divinely brave.


  1. Divinity; participation of the divine nature; as, the divineness of the Scriptures. [Little used.]
  2. Excellence in the supreme degree. – Shak.


  1. One who professes divination; one who pretends to predict events, or to reveal occult things, by the aid of superior beings, or of supernatural means. These nations hearkened to diviners. – Deut. xviii.
  2. One who guesses; a conjecturer. – Locke.


A female diviner; a woman professing divination. – Dryden.

DI'VING, ppr. [See Dive.]

  1. Plunging or sinking into water or other liquid; applied to animals only.
  2. Going deep into a subject.