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

The region has been bitterly contested by both India and Pakistan following the partition of the two countries in 1947, leading to three wars and numerous other skirmishes. Nick Friend, CNN, "'The biggest game in world sport': India-Pakistan rivalry offers a chance to show rare unity," 13 June 2019 But different datasets require different measures of distance, and different measures of distance give rise to different, and more complex, partitions of space. Quanta Magazine, "How Geometry, Data and Neighbors Predict Your Favorite Movies," 22 May 2019 As religious riots broke out across British India, leaving tens of thousands dead, British and Indian leaders began to seriously consider a partition of the subcontinent based on religion. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "The Kashmir conflict: How did it start?," 2 Mar. 2019 Hidden behind a partition in the visitors clubhouse at Petco Park, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was scrolling through his iPhone when a reporter approached on Wednesday afternoon. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "After another blown save, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen still searching for answers," 19 Apr. 2018 Red partitions divide the rest of the floor, making space for a couple of desks, a cot where workers can calm down after resuscitating overdose victims, and supplies piled high in boxes. Lenny Bernstein, Washington Post, "At the heart of Canada’s fentanyl crisis, extreme efforts that U.S. cities may follow," 11 Feb. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Each parklet will sit atop two to three parking spaces and will be partitioned from the road by barriers. Kaitlyn Bartley, The Mercury News, "Can Los Gatos’ bold experiment bring the right kind of traffic downtown?," 1 July 2019 Rooms were partitioned with flammable materials like tapestries, pianos, old windows and created a labyrinth for those unfamiliar with the space. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Firefighter says Ghost Ship conditions ‘seemed fine’ prior to deadly blaze," 26 June 2019 Industrial cloud computing is generally partitioned from the Internet by virtual private networks and other measures. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The fourth Industrial revolution emerges from AI and the Internet of Things," 18 June 2019 Each state is partitioned into territorial divisions that contain a more or less equal number of constituents. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About Gerrymandering," 27 June 2019 Rooms were partitioned with flammable materials like tapestries, pianos, old windows and created a labyrinth for those unfamiliar with the space. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Firefighter says Ghost Ship conditions ‘seemed fine’ prior to deadly blaze," 26 June 2019 Sixty-nine years ago Tuesday, with the Korean peninsula partitioned after World War II into two regimes, the north launched a lightning invasion of the south that Cretaro and the 24th Infantry Division tried to slow down. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio veteran says his unit went ‘back to the Stone Age’ to survive Korean War rout," 25 June 2019 Rooms were partitioned with flammable materials like tapestries, pianos, old windows and created a labyrinth for those unfamiliar with the space. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Ghost Ship witnesses say defendant wasn’t lead organizer of deadly concert," 13 June 2019 Raqqa is exceptionally isolated from the rest of the country, even by the standards of a war that has partitioned Syria among the factions fighting over it. Tamer El-ghobashy, Washington Post, "My journey to Raqqa, the former ISIS stronghold in Syria," 7 May 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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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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