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compartment

noun com·part·ment \ kəm-ˈpärt-mənt \
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

Definition of compartment

1 : a separate division or section
2 : one of the parts into which an enclosed space is divided

compartmental

play \kəm-ˌpärt-ˈmen-tᵊl, ˌkäm-\ adjective

Examples of compartment in a Sentence

  1. The suitcase has a zippered compartment for personal items.

  2. The refrigerator has a separate compartment for meats.

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Origin and Etymology 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

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compartment

verb com·part·ment \ kəm-ˈpärt-ˌment , -mənt \

Definition of compartment

compartmented; compartmenting; compartments

Examples of compartment in a Sentence

  1. compartment the responses according to country of origin

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First Known Use of compartment

1918

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COMPARTMENT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of compartment for English Language Learners

  • : 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


COMPARTMENT Defined for Kids

compartment

noun com·part·ment \ kəm-ˈpärt-mənt \

Definition of compartment for Students

1 : a small chamber, receptacle, or container
  • The suitcase has compartments for personal items.
2 : one of the separate areas of a train, airplane, or automobile


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