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 Architects Ziger/Snead created a clean, no-partition, open look that mixes a forest of wood ceiling trusses into a traditional work space. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Old pumping station being transformed as East Baltimore’s Food Hub advances," 9 Nov. 2019 The border near the temple, however, has remain closed for the last 72 years since the two countries were created during a bloody partition that displaced millions. Niha Masih, Washington Post, "In Pakistan, a Sikh shrine opens to Indian pilgrims as goodwill gesture amid wider tensions," 9 Nov. 2019 Taseer’s father, Salman Taseer, was a Pakistani born in pre-partition British India. Fox News, "Journalist loses Indian citizenship after piece criticizing PM Modi," 9 Nov. 2019 And accordion partitions, which closed off the pass-through openings or entire doorways, remained popular all the way through the ’70s. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "A Canadian Company Has Created an Actual Invisibility Cloak," 8 Nov. 2019 Their houses still have dirt floors and no partitions inside; the Kayapo sleep in hammocks strung around an open space. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Blood Gold in the Brazilian Rain Forest," 4 Nov. 2019 It was smashed to pieces against a cement partition or something like that. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "RedsXtra: Cincinnati Reds teammates remember Jairo Capellán 1 year after fatal car crash," 2 Nov. 2019 After their partition at the end of British rule in 1947, both India and Pakistan claimed the state of Jammu and Kashmir in its entirety. Sophia Saifi, CNN, "The terrified Kashmir families who call one of the world's most militarized zones home," 27 Oct. 2019 Two other possibilities include having the whistleblower sit behind a screen or partition, or conducting audio-only testimony. oregonlive, "House Democrats consider protecting whistleblower by masking identity, moving testimony to remote location," 7 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Cameroon, a country that has the complicated legacy of first having been colonized by the Germans, then later partitioned by the French and British, was actually named by a Portuguese explorer in the 15th century. Ciku Kimeria, Quartz Africa, "The most unusual ways many African countries got their names," 6 Oct. 2019 In a tank partitioned into three compartments, the female fish was put in the middle, and a male was put on either side of her. Sigal Samuel, Vox, "Breakups really suck, even if you’re a fish," 20 July 2019 These people would be piled into corrugated-metal hangars, which were partitioned into tiny rooms with ineffectual giant fans. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Behrouz Boochani Is One of Australia’s Most Celebrated Writers, But He Can’t Step Onshore," 11 Sep. 2019 The patio will be both outside and partitioned off, and a fire pit is going in. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Leo’s Italian Social aims to open this month," 12 Aug. 2019 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

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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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17 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Partition.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/partitioned. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for partition

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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