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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Verb

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

Synonyms for partition

Synonyms: Noun

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Court documents state Jackson ripped open the partition in the police cruiser and attempted to spit on Dozier. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 29 July 2022 The partition of India is a weighty historical tragedy that only comes up rarely in genre fiction. Christian Holub, EW.com, 15 July 2022 The United Nations approves a plan for the partition of Palestine. CNN, 10 July 2022 The women destroyed the plastic partition, jumped over the counter, and continued to throw objects from a closer range while the employees backed up to maintain distance. Rachel Paik, Fox News, 8 July 2022 Greek Cypriots reject any deal that would formalize the island's partition. Menelaos Hadjicostis, ajc, 8 July 2022 Kamala’s grandmother and great-grandmother during the partition of India. Chris Smith, BGR, 6 July 2022 County Attorney Jeff Rich said the two options included more than $92,000 for restroom finishes and fixtures and $90,000 for partition installation. Scott Turner | Sturner@al.com, al, 23 June 2022 Suddenly, the priest’s partition raised, and an arm reached out, proferring a Pilsner. Hannah Seidlitz, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In November 1947, the United Nations approved a plan to partition Palestine. James R. Hagerty And Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, 3 June 2022 The Palestinians fear Israel plans to take over the site or partition it. Joseph Krauss, ajc, 30 May 2022 The Palestinians have long feared that Israel plans to eventually take over the site or partition it. Joseph Krauss, Anchorage Daily News, 6 May 2022 The Palestinians have long feared that Israel plans to eventually take over the site or partition it. Joseph Krauss, ajc, 6 May 2022 Such practices have fueled concerns among Palestinians that Israel is plotting to take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound or partition it. Time, 17 Apr. 2022 Such practices have fueled concerns among Palestinians that Israel is plotting to take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound or partition it. Josef Federman, ajc, 17 Apr. 2022 Such practices have fueled concerns among Palestinians that Israel is plotting to take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound or partition it. Josef Federman, chicagotribune.com, 17 Apr. 2022 Palestinians have long feared that Israel plans to take over the site or partition it. Joseph Krauss, USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Partition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/partition. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for partition

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

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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