DIVIDE, a word used technically as a noun in America and the British colonies for any high ridge between two valleys, forming a water-parting; a dividing range. For special senses of the verb "to divide" (Lat. di-videre, the latter part of the word coming from a root seen in Lat. vidua, Eng. "widow"), meaning generally to split up in two or more parts, see Division. In a parliamentary sense, to divide (involving a separation into two sides, Aye and No) is to take the sense of the House by voting on the subject before it.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)