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)
4. 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.