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

Air gap covered with screen at three-compartment sink. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Moldy pork belly among violations on restaurant inspection list," 10 July 2019 The case against carry-on bags: As more travelers want to avoid paying for checked bags, there’s less space available for carry-on luggage in overhead compartments on flights. Natalie B. Compton, Twin Cities, "Checking a bag vs. carrying on is the great debate of airline travel," 7 Aug. 2019 On a recent Southwest Airlines flight from Nashville to Philadelphia, there was no room for baggage in one of the overhead compartments—because the space was already taken by a flight attendant. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Southwest Flight Attendant Goes Viral After Climbing Into Overhead Compartment," 2 Aug. 2019 Satisfied the surfaces are clean(er) and having relocated the airplane pillow/blanket to the overhead compartment, Altschul visits the lavatory to wash her hands before touching anything in her carry on and settling in for the flight. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "Patricia Altschul's Very Specific Guide to Traveling in Style," 18 May 2019 The victim called 911 at about 4 p.m. from inside the luggage compartment while the bus was on Interstate 84, headed toward Boston, officials said. David K. Li, NBC News, "Passenger calls 911 from inside luggage compartment of moving bus, driver arrested," 5 Aug. 2019 Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin the fire started in the submarine’s battery compartment and that the nuclear reactor was isolated, according to comments published on the Kremlin’s website. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Russian Submarine That Caught Fire Was Nuclear-Powered," 4 July 2019 London's Metropolitan Police said Monday that the victim appeared to have fallen from the landing gear compartment as the plane approached London's Heathrow Airport. Milena Veselinovic And Tara John, CNN, "Stowaway falls into London garden from Kenya Airways plane," 1 July 2019 Later that night, the Carmichaels said Coughlin took them out to his car to show them two or three large bags of marijuana Coughlin had stashed in the hideaway compartment used for storing a spare tire. John Spina, The Denver Post, "Prosecution takes aim at alibi on Day 3 of the Coal Creek Canyon triple homicide trial," 6 June 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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