partition

noun
par·​ti·​tion | \ pär-ˈti-shən How to pronounce partition (audio) , pər-\

Definition of partition

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action of parting : the state of being parted : division the partition of Korea into North and South Korea
2 : something that divides especially : an interior dividing wall The bank teller sat behind a glass partition.
3 : one of the parts or sections of a whole The estate was divided into three partitions.

partition

verb
partitioned; partitioning; partitions

Definition of partition (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to divide into parts or shares
b : to divide (a place, such as a country) into two or more territorial units having separate political status
2 : to separate or divide by a partition (such as a wall) often used with off

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Other Words from partition

Verb

partitioner \ pär-​ˈti-​sh(ə-​)nər How to pronounce partitioner (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for partition

Synonyms: Noun

member, part, portion, section, segment

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Examples of partition in a Sentence

Noun

A thin partition separates the two rooms in the cabin. Folding partitions separate the different banquet halls in the building. The bank teller sat behind a glass partition. the partition of former Yugoslavia the partition of Korea into North and South Korea

Verb

It was necessary to partition the work to be done to make the job easier to accomplish. The room is partitioned into four sections. After the war, the country was partitioned.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Critics say social media is deepening the division between Hindus and Muslims in India that existed even before the bloody partition of India in 1947 that created a separate country for Muslims and ultimately an Islamic republic in Pakistan. Annie Gowen, The Seattle Times, "India’s angry young men and its lynch-mob crisis," 27 Aug. 2018 With so many open, public spaces not clearly defined by partitions or doorways, Olsen couldn’t cover every wall in bold hues. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "Nick Olsen Designed Every Room in This NYC Townhouse to Feel Like a Surprise," 6 Feb. 2019 An open layout includes a formal living room that opens to the dining room via sliding white partition doors. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Light-filled midcentury home in Houston asks $890K," 4 Oct. 2018 And each restroom has two entrances and a partition in the middle. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Airports Try Stall Tactic: Better Bathrooms," 2 Jan. 2019 During an earlier phase of restoration, the Segals reconstructed partitions that had been taken down and spruced up the the kitchen and bathroom with period details down to the original hardware. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Marcel Breuer’s 1950 Lauck House restored to its original glory," 21 Dec. 2018 In another bit of borrowing, the code in the malicious UEFI module uses an NTFS driver to access the Windows disk partition to make changes and install its agent. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "First UEFI malware discovered in wild is laptop security software hijacked by Russians," 2 Oct. 2018 To frame those views, the team installed geometric partitions in the bar—some in gold and some in black—that call to mind traditional Japanese shoji screens, which are made of wood frames and inset with undyed paper. Sarah Hucal, Curbed, "At revamped 1920s hotel, Scandi cool meets Japanese craft," 28 Sep. 2018 Sweeping glass walls rather than solid partitions separate rooms. Tim Gavan, WSJ, "New Corporate-Office Design: No Ping-Pong, But Not Uptight," 31 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When the war ended, NATO troops under French command allowed the city to be partitioned at the river, with the Serbs controlling the northern sector and maintaining close ties to Belgrade. Barbara Surk And Richard PÉrez-peÑa, New York Times, "Oliver Ivanovic, Moderate Kosovo Serb Leader, Is Killed," 16 Jan. 2018 In the middle of the last century, the long gallery had been partitioned into three spaces by architect Sir Albert Richardson as part of a series of alterations. Robert O'byrne, ELLE Decor, "Tour a Legendary Manor in Northern Ireland," 12 Oct. 2018 The six counties of Northern Ireland remained part of the U.K. when the island was partitioned in 1921. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "EU Turns Up the Heat on Irish Question Ahead of Brexit Meeting," 19 Sep. 2018 The idea of partitioning Palestine into two states along the pre-1967 borders was an attempt to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by pretending its main area of dispute was the occupation that began in 1967. Nathan Thrall, Time, "How the Idea of Return Has Shaped the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict for 70 Years," 14 May 2018 Littlefield had a trusty utility knife, and the door possessed a thin section of partitioning that could be pried up by the workings of a blade. Paul Collins, BostonGlobe.com, "What lies in the lab: The gruesome murder at Harvard that transfixed New England," 11 July 2018 Rooms were partitioned off from one another with drywall and wood planks, and the only exit was 200 feet from the farthest sleeping unit, Herrera contended in a suit filed last year. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF settles with owner, landlord of Outer Mission building called “death trap”," 17 May 2018 And the 2-hour, 49-minute rain delay that partitioned the bottom frame only amplified said misery. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Arkansas takes down Texas with big inning," 17 June 2018 Just drive through the gate and into 160 acres of pine forest populated by bears, wolves, bison, bighorn sheep and more, all roaming freely — although bears and wolves are partitioned off from their snack-like neighbors. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Arizona road trip: Williams has Route 66, Bearizona and cool summer fun," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of partition

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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More Definitions for partition

partition

noun

English Language Learners Definition of partition

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a wall or screen that separates one area from another
: the division of a country into separate political units

partition

verb

English Language Learners Definition of partition (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : to divide (something) into parts or shares
: to divide (a country) into two or more parts having separate political status

partition

noun
par·​ti·​tion | \ pər-ˈti-shən How to pronounce partition (audio) , pär-\

Kids Definition of partition

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a wall or screen that separates one area from another

partition

verb
partitioned; partitioning

Kids Definition of partition (Entry 2 of 2)

: to divide into separate shares, parts, or areas We partitioned the basement into three rooms.

partition

noun
par·​ti·​tion | \ pär-ˈtish-ən How to pronounce partition (audio) \

Medical Definition of partition

: the distribution of a substance between two immiscible phases in contact at equilibrium and especially between two liquids

Other Words from partition

partition transitive verb

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partition

noun
par·​ti·​tion | \ pär-ˈti-shən How to pronounce partition (audio) \

Legal Definition of partition

: the severance voluntarily or by legal proceedings of common or undivided interests in property and especially real property : division into severalty of property held jointly or in common or the sale of such property by a court with division of the proceeds

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partition transitive verb

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