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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Watershed \Wa"ter*shed`\, n. [Cf. G. wasserscheide; wasser water
   + scheide a place where two things separate, fr. scheiden to
   separate.]
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   1. The whole region or extent of country which contributes to
      the supply of a river or lake.
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   2. The line of division between two adjacent rivers or lakes
      with respect to the flow of water by natural channels into
      them; the natural boundary of a basin; -- called also
      divide and water parting.
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   3. a point in time marking an important transition between
      two situations, or phases of an activity; a turning point.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Divide \Di*vide"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Divided; p. pr. & vb.
   n. Dividing.] [L. dividere, divisum; di- = dis- + root
   signifying to part; cf. Skr. vyadh to pierce; perh. akin to
   L. vidua widow, and E. widow. Cf. Device, Devise.]
   1. To part asunder (a whole); to sever into two or more parts
      or pieces; to sunder; to separate into parts.
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            Divide the living child in two.       --1 Kings iii.
                                                  25.
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   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.
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            Let it divide the waters from the waters. --Gen. i.
                                                  6.
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   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.
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            True justice unto people to divide.   --Spenser.
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            Ye shall divide the land by lot.      --Num. xxxiii.
                                                  54.
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   4. To disunite in opinion or interest; to make discordant or
      hostile; to set at variance.
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            If a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom
            can not stand.                        --Mark iii.
                                                  24.
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            Every family became now divided within itself.
                                                  --Prescott.
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   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.
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   6. (Math.) To subject to arithmetical division.
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   7. (Logic) To separate into species; -- said of a genus or
      generic term.
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   8. (Mech.) To mark divisions on; to graduate; as, to divide a
      sextant.
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   9. (Music) To play or sing in a florid style, or with
      variations. [Obs.] --Spenser.

   Syn: To sever; dissever; sunder; cleave; disjoin; disunite;
        detach; disconnect; part; distribute; share.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Divide \Di*vide"\, v. i.
   1. To be separated; to part; to open; to go asunder.
      --Milton.
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            The Indo-Germanic family divides into three groups.
                                                  --J. Peile.
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   2. To cause separation; to disunite.
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            A gulf, a strait, the sea intervening between
            islands, divide less than the matted forest.
                                                  --Bancroft.
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   3. To break friendship; to fall out. --Shak.
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   4. To have a share; to partake. --Shak.
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   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.
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            The emperors sat, voted, and divided with their
            equals.                               --Gibbon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Divide \Di*vide"\, n.
   A dividing ridge of land between the tributaries of two
   streams; also called watershed and water parting. A
   divide on either side of which the waters drain into two
   different oceans is called a continental divide.
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