American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Mathematics A quantity to be divided.
- n. A share of profits received by a stockholder or by a policyholder in a mutual insurance society.
- n. A payment pro rata to a creditor of a person adjudged bankrupt.
- n. A share of a surplus; a bonus.
- n. An unexpected gain, benefit, or advantage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sum to be divided into equal parts, or one to be distributed proportionately. Particularly— In mathematics, a number or quantity which is to be divided by another called the divisor, the result being called the quotient.
- n. The share of one of the individuals among whom a sum is so divided; a share or portion.
- n. arithmetic A number or expression that is to be divided by another.
- n. finance A pro rata payment of money by a company to its shareholders, usually made periodically (eg, quarterly or annually).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A sum of money to be divided and distributed; the share of a sum divided that falls to each individual; a distribute sum, share, or percentage; -- applied to the profits as appropriated among shareholders, and to assets as apportioned among creditors.
- n. (Math.) A number or quantity which is to be divided.
- n. that part of the earnings of a corporation that is distributed to its shareholders; usually paid quarterly
- n. a bonus; something extra (especially a share of a surplus)
- n. a number to be divided by another number
- From Middle French dividende, from Latin dividendum ("thing to be divided"), future passive participle of divido ("to divide"). (Wiktionary)
- Alteration (influenced by French dividende) of Middle English divident, from Latin dīvidēns, dīvident-, present participle of dīvidere, to divide; see divide. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Use the product to multiply the dividend, calling the result the _prepared dividend_.”
“When a company decides not to declare a dividend it is said to _pass its dividend_.”
“An administration official said the dividend is a fair price for the companies to pay in exchange for taxpayer support and would be reexamined only in the context of an overall revamp of housing finance policy next year.”
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“Now, these are things, of course, that will make an average Nigerian feel that he's getting what we call dividend of democracy.”
“What's not fair, it seems to me, is that when the corporation distributes those profits to the shareholders in the form of what they call a dividend, that you tax it again.”
“The stocks which I classify as dividend growth stocks include the dividend champions.”
“The United States spends approximately as much on war as the rest of the world combined, that we never got a peace dividend from the collapse of the Soviet Union twenty years ago.”
“The dividend is payable Nov. 15 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 29.”
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