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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Those visits stopped, however, when the pandemic started and Rosary Hill set up a clear partition to separate residents from their family members. Zareen Syed, chicagotribune.com, 14 May 2021 Instead of going to a large congregate shelter or a hotel, Johnson boarded a bus with a plastic sheet partition protecting the driver from the virus. Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2021 Those barricades, which were barely visible from afar, were removed and replaced by steel fencing, which forms a dark partition, severing the view. azcentral, 15 Apr. 2021 Hileman said the patrol car was not equipped with a rear-seat cage or a partition. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 4 Apr. 2021 Riders are required to wear face masks because of COVID-19 and additional safety measures include a partition separating the attendant and a daily deep cleaning. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 24 Mar. 2021 But Turkish Cypriots in the island's breakaway north insist on a deal based on two separate states, which Greek Cypriots reject as formalizing partition forever. Star Tribune, 29 Apr. 2021 This partition screen comes in four different colors and offers you eight panels of secrecy. Chris Hachey, BGR, 14 Apr. 2021 Slots on the side of the cavity can be used to store that panel vertically and use it as a partition. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Palestinians fear Israel plans to eventually take over the compound or partition it. Joseph Krauss, ajc, 23 May 2021 Palestinians fear Israel plans to eventually take over the compound or partition it. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, 23 May 2021 Keller painted mini-murals on 16 Jersey barriers earlier this month, and the town transported them Wednesday to Main Street to partition off roadway space where restaurants can set up outdoor dining areas. Don Stacom, courant.com, 23 Apr. 2021 Compounding that challenge, a body of research hints that the brain does not neatly partition short-term memory function exclusively into higher cognitive areas like the prefrontal cortex. Quanta Magazine, 15 Apr. 2021 Species may diverge into different size categories to partition their resources and avoid direct competition. Mark D. Scherz, Quartz, 3 Apr. 2021 To partition their fields, French farmers built earthen mounds. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Mar. 2021 At first blush, this looks like an easy and obvious move: rip out some elevators, partition off cubicles, add some plumbing, and voilà. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 19 Feb. 2021 Apple began partitioning Safari's browser cache in 2013 and has continued to partition it further since, and Google partitioned Chrome's HTTP cache beginning with Chrome 86, released in early October. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 22 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of partition was in the 15th century

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16 Jun 2021

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“Partition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/partition. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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

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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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