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compartment

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noun com·part·ment \kəm-ˈpärt-mənt\

Definition of compartment

  1. 1 :  a separate division or section

  2. 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.

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


First Known Use: circa 1578


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compartment

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verb com·part·ment \-ˌment, -mənt\

Definition of compartment

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  compartmentalize

Examples of compartment in a sentence

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

1918

First Known Use of compartment

1918


COMPARTMENT Defined for English Language Learners

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compartment

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noun com·part·ment \kəm-ˈpärt-mənt\

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

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noun com·part·ment \kəm-ˈpärt-mənt\

Definition of compartment for Students

  1. 1 :  a small chamber, receptacle, or container <The suitcase has compartments for personal items.>

  2. 2 :  one of the separate areas of a train, airplane, or automobile



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