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partition

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noun par·ti·tion \pär-ˈti-shən, pər-\

Definition of partition

  1. 1 :  the action of parting :  the state of being parted :  division

  2. 2 :  something that divides; especially :  an interior dividing wall

  3. 3 :  one of the parts or sections of a whole

Examples of partition in a sentence

  1. A thin partition separates the two rooms in the cabin.

  2. Folding partitions separate the different banquet halls in the building.

  3. The bank teller sat behind a glass partition.

  4. the partition of former Yugoslavia

  5. the partition of Korea into North and South Korea

15th Century

First Known Use of partition

15th century

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partition

verb par·ti·tion

Definition of partition

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to divide into parts or shares b :  to divide (as a country) into two or more territorial units having separate political status

  3. 2 :  to separate or divide by a partition (as a wall) —often used with off

partitioner

play \-ˈti-sh(ə-)nər\ noun

Examples of partition in a sentence

  1. It was necessary to partition the work to be done to make the job easier to accomplish.

  2. The room is partitioned into four sections.

  3. After the war, the country was partitioned.

1653

First Known Use of partition

1653

Other Building Terms



PARTITION Defined for English Language Learners

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partition

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noun par·ti·tion \pär-ˈti-shən, pər-\

Definition of partition for English Language Learners

  • : a wall or screen that separates one area from another

  • : the division of a country into separate political units


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partition

verb par·ti·tion

Definition of partition for English Language Learners

  • : to divide (something) into parts or shares

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


PARTITION Defined for Kids

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partition

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noun par·ti·tion \pər-ˈti-shən, pär-\

Definition of partition for Students

  1. :  a wall or screen that separates one area from another


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partition

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verb par·ti·tion

Definition of partition for Students

partitioned

partitioning

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


Medical Dictionary

partition

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noun par·ti·tion \pär-ˈtish-ən\

Medical Definition of partition

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

partition

transitive verb

Law Dictionary

partition

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noun par·ti·tion \pär-ˈti-shən\

Legal Definition of partition

  1. :  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

partition

transitive verb


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