compartment

noun
com·​part·​ment | \ kəm-ˈpärt-mənt How to pronounce compartment (audio) \

Definition of compartment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

compartment

verb
com·​part·​ment | \ kəm-ˈpärt-ˌment How to pronounce compartment (audio) , -mənt\
compartmented; compartmenting; compartments

Definition of compartment (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from compartment

Noun

compartmental \ kəm-​ˌpärt-​ˈmen-​tᵊl How to pronounce compartmental (audio) , ˌkäm-​ \ adjective

Examples of compartment in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

compartment the responses according to country of origin
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When not needed, the divider hides down below in the spare-tire compartment. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 Chevy Blazer Test Drive: What Happened When GM Tried To Make the Crossover Cool," 4 Feb. 2019 In the Chevy Malibu, officials said more than $250,000 in cash was discovered in the hidden compartment. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Heroin Dealer Identified After Feds Follow Car From Alabama To Hartford Gets Four Years," 19 June 2018 Pockets on the outside are ideal for quick access for hungry hands and even the main compartment can be got at through zippers in the front. Nick Sullivan, Esquire, "The Backpack That'll Help You Take It Easy," 21 Feb. 2018 The battery positioning follows standard BEV protocol and is located between the axles and underneath the passenger compartment. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV," 7 Dec. 2018 The ship is designed to stay afloat and moving with two of the compartments flooded. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "That Wrecked Norwegian Frigate Is Pretty Much Toast," 13 Nov. 2018 Demo videos show electronics sliding out of discreet compartments embedded in the upholstery. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Renault's New Self-Driving Concept Car Is an Ultra-Luxe Lounge on Wheels," 3 Oct. 2018 Additionally, many of the air-tight compartments are filled with oil, which allows SoFi to operate in depths up to 60 feet. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "This Robotic Fish Could Change the Way Scientists Study Ocean Life," 22 Mar. 2018 The body of the aircraft, where passengers would have sat, is completely empty -- all the retardant is stored in a compartment below the plane's stomach. Julia Sclafani And Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Seen those tankers above Sacramento? The low-down on Cal Fire's biggest base at McClellan," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kushner has not yet been approved to review ‘‘sensitive compartmented information,’’ better known as SCI. BostonGlobe.com, "Limits put on security clearance for Jared Kushner," 13 July 2018 Kushner has not been approved to review ‘‘sensitive compartmented information,’’ known as SCI. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump falsely claims for a third time that Reagan lost Wisconsin, but he was able to win it," 13 July 2018 Sharing highly compartmented, classified information with Russians is a theatrical distraction from the greater good of polluting streams, enabling predatory financial practices, cutting taxes, and taking people’s health care away. Brian Beutler, New Republic, "“No Drama” McConnell is turning the cynical subtext of the GOP’s devil’s bargain with Trump into text.," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of compartment

Noun

circa 1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for compartment

Noun

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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of compartment

: 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

noun
com·​part·​ment | \ kəm-ˈpärt-mənt How to pronounce compartment (audio) \

Kids Definition of compartment

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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