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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that divides, especially a screen or other partition.
  • n. Chiefly British A highway median strip.
  • n. A device resembling a compass, used for dividing lines and transferring measurements.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An object that separates.
  • n. A device resembling a drawing compass and used to transfer measurements of length.
  • n. The median of a highway or other road where traffic in opposite directions are kept separated.
  • n. A person who separates or classifies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, divides; that which separates anything into parts.
  • n. One who deals out to each his share.
  • n. One who, or that which, causes division.
  • n. An instrument for dividing lines, describing circles, etc., compasses. See Compasses.
  • n. a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which divides; that which separates into parts.
  • n. A distributer; one who deals out to each his share.
  • n. One who or that which disunites or keeps apart.
  • n. plural A pair of small compasses, of which the opening is adjusted by means of a screw and nut, used for dividing lines, describing circles, etc.; compasses in general. See compass, 8.
  • n. An attachment to a harvester for separating the swath of grain on the point of being cut from the portion left standing.
  • n. plural In mining, same as buntons.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who separates something into parts or groups
  • n. a drafting instrument resembling a compass that is used for dividing lines into equal segments or for transferring measurements
  • n. a taxonomist who classifies organisms into many groups on the basis of relatively minor characteristics
  • n. a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another)

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