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 partitioner (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 Bartenders mixed drinks behind a plexiglass partition at the end of the bar before giving it to customers. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "Petaluma bars hopping even as nightspots become sources of outbreaks and shut down across California," 29 June 2020 Presently, Apple offers a tool in macOS called Boot Camp that facilitates the installation of Windows on another drive or partition, right from macOS. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Here’s what’s happening to Boot Camp amid the Apple silicon transition," 24 June 2020 Alice might be 6 inches away from Bob but on the other side of a glass partition. Gideon Lewis-kraus, Wired, "How to Make Government Trustworthy Again," 18 June 2020 Aksai Chin is part of greater Kashmir, and after the bloody war between Pakistan and India in 1947 resulted in the partition of that region, the border between China and India was left ill-defined. James Griffiths, CNN, "Why are China and India fighting over an inhospitable strip of the Himalayas?," 17 June 2020 For only the second time in the 90-year history of Parle Products, its facilities were closing—the only other such instance was during the partition of India and Pakistan. Alia Allana, The Atlantic, "One Biscuit, a Billion Stories," 13 June 2020 After six years of civil war, the division of Libya into a Turkish zone of influence in the west and a Russian zone in the east—in other words, de facto partition—looks increasingly likely. The Economist, "A warlord retreats Libya’s government regains control of western Libya," 11 June 2020 Considerably smaller assemblies at places such as restaurants and cafes will have increased restrictions for the coming months: more space between tables, partitions, smaller parties and waiters wearing masks and possibly gloves. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "The next 100 days: How the coronavirus will continue to change your life at home, at work, at school and beyond," 27 May 2020 Arizona grocery stores: What's new Cashier partitions, distancing signage, special hours for older customers. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Grocery stores that adjusted on the fly don't face the same reopening challenges as others," 25 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Since the 19th century, the area has been partitioned into four quarters: Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Armenian. Janine Di Giovanni, Travel + Leisure, "A Former War Reporter Discovers a New Side to Jerusalem 17 Years Later," 21 May 2020 Deetz said the copter was capable of carrying 10, and was configured for a pilot and co-pilot in the cockpit, partitioned by a curtain from up to eight passengers in the back of the aircraft. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Kobe Bryant's ex-pilot: Helicopter was 'Cadillac' of the skies, yet it crashed. NTSB is hunting for clues.," 30 Jan. 2020 In 1947, in the shadow of World War II and the Holocaust, the United Nations proposed that Palestine be partitioned to create the state of Israel. Washington Post, "Islamophobia in the US did not start with Trump, but his tweets perpetuate a long history of equating Muslims with terrorism," 29 Jan. 2020 Each unit is partitioned to some degree by an additional plane or by two parallel ones; all slant diagonally down and inward, but at different angles. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Donald Judd’s Plain-Spoken Masterpiece," 26 Mar. 2020 The attacker would then be able to connect to the victim's home Wi-Fi network if there are no other security measures in place to stop them (such as device white-listing or partitioning of the Wi-Fi network). Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Ring-a-ding: IoT doorbell exposed customer Wi-Fi passwords to eavesdroppers," 8 Nov. 2019 Sudan was engulfed in civil war for two decades before a 2005 peace deal that partitioned the country six years later. Washington Post, "How Sudan Is Moving on After Brutal Leader’s Ouster," 8 July 2019 The 1920 Government of Ireland Act partitioned six counties and allowed them to remain a part of the United Kingdom — becoming what’s now known as Northern Ireland. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The Real History Behind the Downton Abbey Movie," 20 Sep. 2019 Sheikh rejected Muslim-majority Pakistan that asserted its right to the state, and still does, under the two-nation theory which partitioned India following liberation from Britain in 1947. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "Farooq Abdullah once defended India amid global backlash on Kashmir. Now, he has to defend himself," 19 Sep. 2019

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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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9 Jul 2020

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“Partition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/partition. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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partition

noun
How to pronounce partition (audio)

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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