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 for dividend
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dividend \Div"i*dend\, n. [L. dividendum thing to be divided,
     neut. of the gerundive of dividere: cf. F. dividende.]
     1. A sum of money to be divided and distributed; the share of
        a sum divided that falls to each individual; a distribute
        sum, share, or percentage; -- applied to the profits as
        appropriated among shareholders, and to assets as
        apportioned among creditors; as, the dividend of a bank, a
        railway corporation, or a bankrupt estate.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Math.) A number or quantity which is to be divided.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: that part of the earnings of a corporation that is
           distributed to its shareholders; usually paid quarterly
      2: a number to be divided by another number
      3: a bonus; something extra (especially a share of a surplus)

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  144 Moby Thesaurus words for "dividend":
     accrued dividends, accumulated dividends, allotment, allowance,
     avails, balance, big end, bigger half, bit, bite, bonus,
     box office, budget, capital gains, carrot, cash dividend, chunk,
     cleanup, clear profit, commission, commissions, contingent, credit,
     credits, cumulative dividend, cut, deal, destiny,
     disposable income, dividends, dole, earned income, earnings, end,
     equal share, extra, extra dividend, fate, filthy lucre, gain,
     gains, gate, gate receipts, get, gettings, gleanings, gratuity,
     gross, gross income, gross profit, gross receipts, guerdon, half,
     halver, helping, hoard, income, intake, interest, interim dividend,
     killing, lagniappe, leftover, lot, lucre, make, makings, margin,
     measure, meed, melon, mess, modicum, moiety, neat profit, net,
     net income, net profit, net receipts, optional dividend, output,
     overage, overmeasure, overplus, overrun, overset, overstock,
     oversupply, paper profits, part, pelf, percentage, perk, perks,
     perquisite, phony dividend, pickings, piece, plum, plus, portion,
     pourboire, premium, prize, proceeds, produce, profit, profits,
     proportion, quantum, quota, rake-off, ration, receipt, receipts,
     receivables, regular dividend, remainder, return, returns, revenue,
     royalties, royalty, segment, share, slice, small share,
     something extra, spare, special dividend, stake, stock,
     stock dividend, store, surplus, surplusage, take, take-in, takings,
     tip, unearned income, wealth, winnings, yield

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DIVIDEND. A portion of the principal, or profits, divided among several 
  owners of a thing. 
       2. The term is usually applied to the division of the profits arising 
  out of bank or other stocks; or to the division, among the creditors, of the 
  elects of an insolvent estate. 
       3. In another sense, according to some old authorities, it signifies 
  one part of an indenture. T. L. 

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