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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Watershed \Wa"ter*shed'\, noun [Cf. G. wasserscheide; wasser water + scheide a place where two things separate, fr. scheiden to separate.]

1. The whole region or extent of country which contributes to the supply of a river or lake.

2. The line of division between two adjacent rivers or lakes with respect to the flow of water by natural channels into them; the natural boundary of a basin; -- called also {divide} and {water parting}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

3. a point in time marking an important transition between two situations, or phases of an activity; a turning point. [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Divide \Di*vide"\, verb (used without an object)

1. To be separated; to part; to open; to go asunder. --Milton.

The Indo-Germanic family divides into three groups. --J. Peile.

2. To cause separation; to disunite.

A gulf, a strait, the sea intervening between islands, divide less than the matted forest. --Bancroft.

3. To break friendship; to fall out. --Shak.

4. To have a share; to partake. --Shak.

5. 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.

The emperors sat, voted, and divided with their equals. --Gibbon.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Divide \Di*vide"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Divided}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dividing}.] [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}.]

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.] --Spenser.

Syn: To sever; dissever; sunder; cleave; disjoin; disunite; detach; disconnect; part; distribute; share.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Divide \Di*vide"\, noun A dividing ridge of land between the tributaries of two streams; also called {watershed} and {water parting}. A divide on either side of which the waters drain into two different oceans is called a {continental divide}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a serious disagreement between two groups of people (typically producing tension or hostility)

2: a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems [syn: {watershed}, {water parting}, {divide}]


1: separate into parts or portions; "divide the cake into three equal parts"; "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I" [syn: {divide}, {split}, {split up}, {separate}, {dissever}, {carve up}] [ant: {unify}, {unite}]

2: perform a division; "Can you divide 49 by seven?" [syn: {divide}, {fraction}] [ant: {multiply}]

3: act as a barrier between; stand between; "The mountain range divides the two countries" [syn: {separate}, {divide}]

4: come apart; "The two pieces that we had glued separated" [syn: {separate}, {divide}, {part}]

5: make a division or separation [syn: {separate}, {divide}]

6: force, take, or pull apart; "He separated the fighting children"; "Moses parted the Red Sea" [syn: {separate}, {disunite}, {divide}, {part}]

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