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partition

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noun par·ti·tion \pär-ˈti-shən, pər-\

Simple Definition of partition

  • : a wall or screen that separates one area from another

  • : the division of a country into separate political units

Full Definition of partition

  1. 1 :  the action of parting :  the state of being parted :  division

  2. 2 :  something that divides; especially :  an interior dividing wall

  3. 3 :  one of the parts or sections of a whole

Examples of partition

  1. A thin partition separates the two rooms in the cabin.

  2. Folding partitions separate the different banquet halls in the building.

  3. The bank teller sat behind a glass partition.

  4. the partition of former Yugoslavia

  5. the partition of Korea into North and South Korea



15th Century

First Known Use of partition

15th century

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partition

verb par·ti·tion

Simple Definition of partition

  • : to divide (something) into parts or shares

  • : to divide (a country) into two or more parts having separate political status

Full Definition of partition

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to divide into parts or shares b :  to divide (as a country) into two or more territorial units having separate political status

  3. 2 :  to separate or divide by a partition (as a wall) —often used with off

par·ti·tion·er play \-ˈti-sh(ə-)nər\ noun

Examples of partition

  1. It was necessary to partition the work to be done to make the job easier to accomplish.

  2. The room is partitioned into four sections.

  3. After the war, the country was partitioned.



1653

First Known Use of partition

1653

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PARTITION Defined for Kids

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partition

play
noun par·ti·tion \pər-ˈti-shən, pär-\

Definition of partition

  1. :  a wall or screen that separates one area from another




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partition

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verb par·ti·tion

Definition of partition

par·ti·tionedpar·ti·tion·ing

  1. :  to divide into separate shares, parts, or areas <We partitioned the basement into three rooms.>




Medical Dictionary

partition

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noun par·ti·tion \pär-ˈtish-ən\

Medical Definition of partition

  1. :  the distribution of a substance between two immiscible phases in contact at equilibrium and especially between two liquids

  2. partition transitive verb





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