# divisor

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## divisor

**1.**a number or quantity to be divided into another number or quantity (the dividend)

**2.**a number that is a factor of another number

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## divisor

[də′vīz·ər] (mathematics)

The quantity by which another quantity is divided in the operation of division.

An element

*b*in a commutative ring with identity is a divisor of an element*a*if there is an element*c*in the ring such that*a*=*bc*.McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

## divisor

A quantity that evenly divides another quantity.

Unless otherwise stated, use of this term implies that the quantities involved are integers. (For non-integers, the more general term factor may be more appropriate.)

Example: 3 is a divisor of 15. Example: 3 is not a divisor of 14.

Unless otherwise stated, use of this term implies that the quantities involved are integers. (For non-integers, the more general term factor may be more appropriate.)

Example: 3 is a divisor of 15. Example: 3 is not a divisor of 14.

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