# divide-v; 5 Senses

### Sense Number 1: separate or split a mass into pieces

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[agent] DIVIDE NP2[patient] NP1[patient] DIVIDEE

Examples:
He divided the money among Mary, and the four children.
Mr. Johnston divided the money into five cashier's checks.
I divided the cake more or less into five equal parts.
The dormitory was divided into cubicles.
The pieces I glued together the other day, divided again.
After World War Two, Germany was divided into two separate countries.
She divides her time between her apartment in New York and her cottage in Yorkshire.

Mappings:
VerbNet: other_cos-45.4,multiply-108-1,separate-23.1-1
FrameNet: Separation
PropBank: divide.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 4, 5

### Sense Number 2: disunite a group of people, animals, or other individuals

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[agent] DIVIDE NP2[patient] NP2[patient] DIVIDE
NOTE: In this sense no disagreement or conflict divides the group of people.
NOTE: People are simply separated from each other due to circumstances they are in.

Examples:
I'd like all the students to divide into small discussion groups.
The guides from USATours divided the gang into three groups.
The war divided them from their parents.
He trained the owner to divide the dogs and train individually.

Mappings:
VerbNet: separate-23.1-1
FrameNet: Separation
PropBank: divide.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6

### Sense Number 3: cause or be in a disagreement between people

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] DIVIDE NP2[patient[human]]

Examples:
The conflict divided the nation along religious lines.
The party is divided over the issue of capital punishment.
The zoning proposals are dividing the community.
Family feud divided the Montague and Capulet households.

Mappings:
VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: divide.02

### Sense Number 4: act as a barrier

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[instrument] DIVIDE NP2[patient]

Examples:
There's a narrow alley which divides our house from the one next door.
The river divides the north of the island from the south.
The mountain range divides the two countries.
This wall divides you from the other side of your life.

Mappings:
VerbNet: separate-23.1-1
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: divide.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

### Sense Number 5: perform mathematical division

Commentary:
NOTE: Purely numerical division

Examples:
10 divided by 5 equals 2.
If you divide 25 by 26, you will get a decimal number.
How many times does 2 divide into 17?

Mappings:
VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: divide.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2