partition

noun
par·​ti·​tion | \pär-ˈti-shən, 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 \ noun

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 series of modular acoustic partitions can be arranged to create pop-up private spaces that look nothing like the drab, gray boxes that have gotten such a bad rap. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "A colorful new take on the cubicle," 22 Oct. 2018 Milwaukee Public Schools will receive doors, mirrors, bathroom stall partitions, toilets and wash stations, the Bucks said. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Bucks' donations of Bradley Center equipment will help Habitat build new homes," 19 June 2018 For homeowners who can’t decide between an open-plan layout or one with separate rooms, there’s a compromise: steel-and-glass partitions that define interior spaces while maximizing light and transparency. Karen Bruno, WSJ, "The Antidote to Open-Plan Layouts," 6 June 2018 While the water pressure was decent, the tub’s glass partition didn’t do a good job of keeping water in when showering. Anja Mutic, New York Times, "On Croatia’s Coast, Stunning Pools and a Mediterranean Mood," 5 May 2018 The glass partitions were often covered over with paper, and inside small groups of people worked, empowered to launch new projects that no one else at the company knew about. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Uber's New Direction: Move Slow and Test Things," 19 Apr. 2018 Damelio attempted to pull the purse towards her and through the hole in the partition. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Malden woman arrested twice within four hours by Boston police," 22 June 2018 In cleaning the library’s interior, workers uncovered a fireplace beneath a wall partition, Druss said. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Developers to make case for building surrounding old Nichols Library at commission hearing," 24 May 2018 The Arab world rejected the proposition of a Jewish state in the region—as well as a partition plan proposed by at the United Nations the previous November—and declared war. Ilene Prusher, Time, "'It Will Always Be Our Capital': A Day of Victory for Israel Is a Day of Rage in Gaza," 14 May 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)

: 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, 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 \

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 \

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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