Meaning of “dividers” in the English Dictionary

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dividersnoun [ plural ]

uk /dɪˈvaɪ.dəz/ us /dɪˈvaɪ.dɚz/ UK

a piece of equipment used in mathematics consisting of two parts that are joined at one end and have sharp points at the other, used for measuring lines and angles and for making marks to show positions along lines

Examples from literature

  • I then, though with some horror at my temerity, asked permission to verify his work with the dividers, and found at the first stroke a difference of at least half an inch in the distance between the eyes. 
  • Kettle marked it off with a leg of the dividers on the chart. 
  • The opposite leg of the dividers is the one to which is attached the spring for close setting of the points. 

(Definition of “dividers” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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