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


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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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 Dogg Face got to trade his board for a new set of wheels, when Ocean Spray gifted their No. 1 customer with his own cranberry red truck that came with Cran-Raspberry juice bottles in every compartment possible. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Here's a Timeline of the Viral 'Dreams' TikTok, From Cranberry Juice Gifts to Stevie Nicks' Recreation," 14 Oct. 2020 Afterwards, the crew would have to dry their feces in a specal compartment to bring back to Earth. Amy Thompson, Smithsonian Magazine, "NASA Just Sent a New $23 Million Space Toilet to the International Space Station," 9 Oct. 2020 When that screw is removed, it can be stored in a compartment in the base, and a small cap fills in the screw hole in the system itself. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "The first PlayStation 5 teardown reveals some hardware secrets," 7 Oct. 2020 The leak is localized in the working compartment of the service module. Marcia Dunn,, "International Space Station air leak forces middle-of-night crew wakeup," 30 Sep. 2020 The signature perforated leather Mini Camera bag is an easy silhouette that unzips to reveal a roomy compartment. Mark Heim |, al, "Coach Long Weekend Sale offers up to 70% off totes, satchels, including new Marvel selection," 7 Oct. 2020 Standing about 3 feet tall and outfitted with a bow-tie sticker, the bot comes with a touchscreen face and locking compartment at its head, and scoots around like an autonomous vacuum. Gregory Thomas,, "‘Robots don’t sneeze.’ Hotels, hospitals, offices turning to delivery bots during coronavirus pandemic," 7 Oct. 2020 The nearly 650 packages of drugs were discovered inside a floor compartment of a trailer filled with produce. Salma Reyes, The Arizona Republic, "CBP seizes record-breaking 800 pounds of meth in semitrailer at Nogales port," 5 Oct. 2020 The operation of the hood release on the key fob will be modified, and the release button located inside the front trunk compartment will also be modified to require a longer press-time. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "2020 Corvette: Front trunk may pop open, block driver's view of road," 4 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kushner has not yet been approved to review ‘‘sensitive compartmented information,’’ better known as SCI., "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,, "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


circa 1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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The first known use of compartment was circa 1578

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22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Compartment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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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


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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