Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Diversivolent adjective [ Latin diversus diverse + volens , -entis , present participle of velle to wish.] Desiring different things. [ Obsolete] Webster (White Devil).
Diversory adjective Serving or tending to divert; also, distinguishing. [ Obsolete]
Diversory noun [ Latin diversorium , deversorium , an inn or lodging.] A wayside inn. [ Obsolete or R.] Chapman.
Divert transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Diverted
; present participle & verbal noun Diverting
.] [ French divertir
, from Latin divertere
, to go different ways, turn aside; di- = dis-
to turn. See Verse
, and confer Divorce
.] 1. To turn aside; to turn off from any course or intended application; to deflect; as, to divert a river from its channel; to divert commerce from its usual course.
That crude apple that diverted Eve. Milton. 2. To turn away from any occupation, business, or study; to cause to have lively and agreeable sensations; to amuse; to entertain; as, children are diverted with sports; men are diverted with works of wit and humor.
We are amused by a tale, diverted by a comedy. C. J. Smith. Syn.
-- To please; gratify; amuse; entertain; exhilarate; delight; recreate. See Amuse
Divert intransitive verb To turn aside; to digress.
I diverted to see one of the prince's palaces. Evelyn.
Diverter noun One who, or that which, diverts, turns off, or pleases.
Divertible adjective Capable of being diverted.
Diverticle noun [ Latin diverticulum , deverticulum , a bypath, from divertere to turn away.]
1. A turning; a byway; a bypath. [ Obsolete] Hales. 2. (Anat.) A diverticulum.
Diverticular adjective (Anat.) Pertaining to a diverticulum.
; plural Diverticula
. [ Latin See Diverticle
.] (Anat.) A blind tube branching out of a longer one.
; plural -ti
. [ Italian ] (Mus.) A light and pleasing composition.
Diverting adjective Amusing; entertaining. -- Di*vert"ing*ly , adverb -- Di*vert"ing*ness , noun
Divertise transitive verb [ French divertir , present participle divertissant .] To divert; to entertain. [ Obsolete] Dryden.
Divertisement noun [ Confer the next word.] Diversion; amusement; recreation. [ R.]
Divertissement noun [ French] A short ballet, or other entertainment, between the acts of a play. Smart.
[ From Divert
.] Tending to divert; diverting; amusing; interesting.
Things of a pleasant and divertive nature. Rogers.
Dives noun [ Latin , rich.] The name popularly given to the rich man in our Lord's parable of the "Rich Man and Lazarus" ( Luke xvi. 19-31 ). Hence, a name for a rich worldling.
Divest transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Divested
; present participle & verbal noun Divesting
.] [ Late Latin divestire
+ Latin vestire
to dress), equiv. to Latin devestire
. It is the same word as devest
, but the latter is rarely used except as a technical term in law. See Devest
.] 1. To unclothe; to strip, as of clothes, arms, or equipage; -- opposed to invest . 2. Fig.: To strip; to deprive; to dispossess; as, to divest one of his rights or privileges; to divest one's self of prejudices, passions, etc.
Wretches divested of every moral feeling. Goldsmith.
The tendency of the language to divest itself of its gutturals. Earle. 3. (Law) See Devest . Mozley & W.
Divestible adjective Capable of being divested.
Divestiture noun The act of stripping, or depriving; the state of being divested; the deprivation, or surrender, of possession of property, rights, etc.
Divestment noun The act of divesting. [ R.]
Divesture noun Divestiture. [ Obsolete]
Divi-divi noun [ Native name.] (Botany) A small tree of tropical America ( Cæsalpinia coriaria ), whose legumes contain a large proportion of tannic and gallic acid, and are used by tanners and dyers.
[ From Divide
.] 1. Capable of being divided; divisible. 2. Divided; separated; parted.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
Dividant adjective Different; distinct. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Divide transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Divided
; present participle & verbal noun Dividing
.] [ Latin dividere
; di- = dis-
+ root signifying to part
; confer Sanskrit vyadh
to pierce; perhaps akin to Latin vidua
widow, and English widow
. Confer Device
.] 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.
[ Obsolete] Spenser. Syn.
-- To sever; dissever; sunder; cleave; disjoin; disunite; detach; disconnect; part; distribute; share.
Divide intransitive verb 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.
Divide noun A dividing ridge of land between the tributaries of two streams; a watershed.
1. Parted; disunited; distributed. 2. (Botany) Cut into distinct parts, by incisions which reach the midrib; -- said of a leaf.
Dividedly adverb Separately; in a divided manner.
Dividend noun [ Latin dividendum thing to be divided, neut. of the gerundive of dividere : confer French dividende .]
1. 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; as, the dividend of a bank, a railway corporation, or a bankrupt estate. 2. (Math.) A number or quantity which is to be divided.
Divident noun Dividend; share. [ Obsolete] Foxe.
Divider noun 1. One who, or that which, divides; that which separates anything into parts. 2. One who deals out to each his share.
Who made me a judge or a divider over you? Luke xii. 14. 3. One who, or that which, causes division.
Hate is of all things the mightiest divider . Milton.
Money, the great divider of the world. Swift. 4. plural An instrument for dividing lines, describing circles, etc., compasses. See Compasses .
» The word dividers
is usually applied to the instrument as made for the use of draughtsmen, etc.; compasses
to the coarser instrument used by carpenters.
Dividing adjective That divides; separating; marking divisions; graduating. Dividing engine
, a machine for graduating circles (as for astronomical instruments) or bars (as for scales); also, for spacing off and cutting teeth in wheels.
-- Dividing sinker
. (Knitting Mach.)
. See under Sinker .
Dividingly adverb By division.
[ See Dividuous
.] Divided, shared, or participated in, in common with others.
[ R.] Milton.
Dividually adverb By dividing. [ R.]
[ Latin dividuus
divisible, divided, from dividere
.] Divided; dividual.
He so often substantiates distinctions into dividuous , selfsubsistent. Coleridge.
[ Latin divinatio
, from divinare
, to foresee, foretell, from divinus
: confer French divination
. See Divine
.] 1. The act of divining; a foreseeing or foretelling of future events; the pretended art discovering secret or future by preternatural means.
There shall not be found among you any one that . . . useth divination , or an observer of times, or an enchanter. Deut. xviii. 10.
» Among the ancient heathen philosophers natural
divination was supposed to be effected by a divine afflatus; artificial
divination by certain rites, omens, or appearances, as the flight of birds, entrails of animals, etc. 2. An indication of what is future or secret; augury omen; conjectural presage; prediction.
Birds which do give a happy divination of things to come. Sir T. North.
[ Latin See Divination
.] One who practices or pretends to divination; a diviner.
[ R.] Burton.
Divinatory adjective [ Confer French divinatoire .] Professing, or relating to, divination. "A natural divinatory instinct." Cowley.
[ Compar. Diviner
.] [ French divin
, Latin divinus
divine, divinely inspired, from divus
, belonging to a deity; akin to Greek ..., and Latin deus
, God. See Deity
.] 1. Of or belonging to God; as, divine perfections; the divine will.
"The immensity of the divine
nature." Paley. 2. Proceeding from God; as, divine judgments.
protection." Bacon. 3. Appropriated to God, or celebrating his praise; religious; pious; holy; as, divine service; divine songs; divine worship. 4. Pertaining to, or proceeding from, a deity; partaking of the nature of a god or the gods.
Apollo said." Shak. 5. Godlike; heavenly; excellent in the highest degree; supremely admirable; apparently above what is human. In this application, the word admits of comparison; as, the divinest mind. Sir J . Davies .
A divine sentence is in the lips of the king. Prov. xvi. 10.
But not to one in this benighted age Gray. 6. Presageful; foreboding; prescient.
Is that diviner inspiration given.
Yet oft his heart, divine of something ill, Milton. 7. Relating to divinity or theology.
Church history and other divine learning. South. Syn.
-- Supernatural; superhuman; godlike; heavenly; celestial; pious; holy; sacred; preëminent.
[ Latin divinus
a soothsayer, Late Latin , a theologian. See Divine
] 1. One skilled in divinity; a theologian.
"Poets were the first divines
." Denham. 2. A minister of the gospel; a priest; a clergyman.
The first divines of New England were surpassed by none in extensive erudition. J. Woodbridge.
Divine transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Divined
; present participle & verbal noun Divining
.] [ Latin divinare
: confer French deviner
. See Divination
.] 1. To foresee or foreknow; to detect; to anticipate; to conjecture.
A sagacity which divined the evil designs. Bancroft. 2. To foretell; to predict; to presage.
Darest thou . . . divine his downfall? Shak. 3. To render divine; to deify.
Living on earth like angel new divined . Spenser. Syn.
-- To foretell; predict; presage; prophesy; prognosticate; forebode; guess; conjecture; surmise.
Divine intransitive verb 1. To use or practice divination; to foretell by divination; to utter prognostications.
The prophets thereof divine for money. Micah iii. 11. 2. To have or feel a presage or foreboding.
Suggest but truth to my divining thoughts. Shak. 3. To conjecture or guess; as, to divine rightly.
Divinely adverb 1. In a divine or godlike manner; holily; admirably or excellently in a supreme degree.
Most divinely fair. Tennyson. 2. By the agency or influence of God.
Divinely set apart . . . to be a preacher of righteousness. Macaulay.
Divinement noun Divination. [ Obsolete]
Divineness noun The quality of being divine; superhuman or supreme excellence. Shak.
Diviner noun 1. One who professes divination; one who pretends to predict events, or to reveal occult things, by supernatural means.
The diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain. Zech. x. 2. 2. A conjecture; a guesser; one who makes out occult things. Locke.