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 hotel had to open a partition to accommodate everyone. Greg Burnett, cleveland.com, "Danita Harris turns to Faith to encourage women to S.H.I.N.E.," 1 Sep. 2019 The dining table is strategically placed between the living area and kitchen, effectively functioning as a makeshift partition. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "This Designer's NYC Apartment Has Big Texas Style (And an Even Bigger Backstory)," 13 Aug. 2019 The modern political history of the state itself is a tale of its often changing status beginning in the 19th century, turmoil following India’s partition in 1947, and simmering uncertainty since then. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "A timeline of key events that shaped the unique identity of Kashmir within India," 5 Aug. 2019 Rivera stood behind a transparent partition in the prisoner’s dock, leaving him a short distance away from Ricard’s visibly distressed mother, Deborah Goldsmith-Dolan. Deanna Pan, BostonGlobe.com, "Lawrence man pleads not guilty to rape, drug charges in connection with death of 13-year-old," 19 July 2019 Winslow stood behind a protective glass partition in court Friday afternoon as his lawyer Brian Watkins entered not guilty pleas to all charges. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Could Kellen Winslow Jr.'s lawyers use CTE as a defense in sex-crimes case?," 15 June 2018 The partition of the territory left India in control of most of Kashmir, and Pakistan and China in charge of other parts of the territory. NBC News, "At least 2,300 detained in locked-down Indian-ruled Kashmir," 21 Aug. 2019 Instead of partitions, the suite is situated around a corner for privacy. oregonlive.com, "2019 Street of Dreams: A modern farmhouse with a Tuscan twist and water-wise landscaping," 13 Aug. 2019 The constitutional provision in contention gave Kashmir, the only Muslim-majority state, certain autonomous powers and was part of the terms of its accession to the Indian union in the aftermath of the partition of India and Pakistan. Niha Masih, Washington Post, "Internet, mobile blackout shuts down communication with Kashmir," 6 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The warehouse was stuffed with motor homes, antiques and artwork, and rooms were partitioned with flammable materials like tapestries, pianos and old windows. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Ghost Ship trial: Max Harris walks out of jail after acquittal; Derick Almena remains jailed after mistrial in his case," 5 Sep. 2019 The phenomenon, known as niche partitioning, implied an equilibrium. Keith Ladzinski, National Geographic, "The ‘balance of nature’ is an enduring concept. But it’s wrong.," 26 July 2019 Kashmir, the majority-Muslim region in both India and Pakistan’s north, has been partitioned between the two countries since 1947. Alex Ward, Vox, "Pakistan cuts off diplomatic and economic ties to India over Kashmir power grab," 8 Aug. 2019 In 1947, after India gained independence from British colonial rule, the country was partitioned into two states -- Indian and Pakistan. Swati Gupta, CNN, "Tensions between India and Pakistan are ratcheting up over Kashmir. Here's why," 8 Aug. 2019 Revoking Article 370 continues Modi’s Hindu nationalist project Kashmir, a majority-Muslim region in both India and Pakistan’s north, has been partitioned between the two countries since 1947. Alex Ward, Vox, "India’s risky Kashmir power grab, explained," 5 Aug. 2019 Prosecutors argued that the space was a death trap crammed with motor homes, antiques and artwork, and rooms were partitioned with flammable materials like tapestries, pianos and old windows. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Ghost Ship trial: Testimony wraps up with defendant contradicting officer," 16 July 2019 Squaring the Circle To find a nearest neighbor, the standard approach is to partition your existing data into subgroups. Quanta Magazine, "Universal Method to Sort Complex Information Found," 13 Aug. 2018 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

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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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