compartment


1com·part·ment

noun \kəm-ˈpärt-mənt\

: an enclosed space or area that is usually part of something larger and is often used to hold a specific thing

: one of the separate areas of an automobile, train, or airplane

Full Definition of COMPARTMENT

1
:  a separate division or section
2
:  one of the parts into which an enclosed space is divided
com·part·men·tal \kəm-ˌpärt-ˈmen-təl, ˌkäm-\ adjective

Examples of COMPARTMENT

  1. The suitcase has a zippered compartment for personal items.
  2. The refrigerator has a separate compartment for meats.

Origin of COMPARTMENT

Middle French compartiment, from Italian compartimento, from compartire to mark out in parts, from Late Latin compartiri to share out, from Latin com- + partiri to share, from part-, pars part, share
First Known Use: circa 1578

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2com·part·ment

verb \-ˌment, -mənt\

Definition of COMPARTMENT

transitive verb

Examples of COMPARTMENT

  1. <compartment the responses according to country of origin>

First Known Use of COMPARTMENT

1918

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