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

The car is also equipped with a telephone in the driver’s side door and a hidden compartment that can store several weapons. Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY, "With a license to drive and $4 million, you can buy James Bond's Aston Martin from 'Goldfinger'," 13 June 2019 The drone has a central compartment for carrying goods and a hexagonal shrouding that acts as its wings, while also protecting (and shielding people from) a series of rotors. Rachel Metz, CNN, "Amazon's new futuristic drone will soon deliver packages," 5 June 2019 However, the technician inadvertently caused all ballots deposited into the machines to be sent to a compartment meant only for those that bore the names of write-in candidates. Vinny Vella, https://www.inquirer.com, "Voting-machine glitch hid true, landslide victory for Hatboro library, officials say," 4 June 2019 There’s even a mirror and a compartment for the powder puff built into the compact which makes application a breeze. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "I’m Obsessed with Using This Setting Powder to Keep My Shiny Forehead at Bay," 19 May 2019 To the side of the controls is a long storage slot, and ahead of the shifter is a large covered storage compartment. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The Volkswagen Golf Mark 8 Is Getting a Radical Interior Redesign," 15 May 2019 Hidden inside a false compartment in the exhaust tunnel troopers found 2 kilograms of suspected heroin, court documents said. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "2 arrested in Indian Hill, suspected of trafficking 2 kilos of heroin," 11 July 2018 Our 6' tester loads a standard piece of carry-on luggage into the cargo compartment to demonstrate the lift-over height of the Pathfinder. Michael Simari, Car and Driver, "2018 Nissan Pathfinder," 22 Mar. 2018 The size of the fuel compartment and fuel supply remains the same across both missiles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Defends New Cruise Missile, Says It Doesn't Violate Any Arms-Control Treaties," 24 Jan. 2019

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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The first known use of compartment was circa 1578

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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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