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

This partition led to a massive exodus with millions of Hindus and Muslims moving across the border. Swati Gupta, CNN, "Tensions between India and Pakistan are ratcheting up over Kashmir. Here's why," 8 Aug. 2019 The bill has been applauded by India’s Hindu nationalist parties, which have been seeking to fully integrate Kashmir since the country’s partition into India and Pakistan in 1947. Washington Post, "Redrawn map may set off more change in Indian-ruled Kashmir," 7 Aug. 2019 The disjunction between the telling of such violence — written calmly, as if recounting a routine morning coffee — and the content of the acts themselves, reinforces the strange partition between past and present. Sean Mccoy, Los Angeles Times, "Review: An authoritarian leader’s shadow looms over a weary country in ‘The Remainder’," 18 July 2019 Freeman attempted to fight the partition for years. Lizzie Presser, ProPublica, "The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.," 15 July 2019 When partition came, in 1921, the population of Northern Ireland was approximately two-thirds Protestant, one-third Catholic. Kevin Dettmar, The New Yorker, "Witnessing the Moon Landing in Ireland, at the Start of the Troubles," 20 July 2019 Privacy partitions were made available starting in January 2015. Los Angeles Times, "Women in jail endured group strip searches. L.A. County to pay $53 million to settle suit," 16 July 2019 Hundreds of partition actions are filed in North Carolina every year. Lizzie Presser, ProPublica, "The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.," 15 July 2019 How the chairs ended up as status symbols is a saga that began in post-partition India and ends in marauding art dealers and a battle over who gets to own cultural history. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The Kardashians have this modernist Indian city to thank for their dining chairs," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Rooms were partitioned with flammable materials like tapestries, pianos, old windows and created a labyrinth for those unfamiliar with the space. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Firefighter says Ghost Ship conditions ‘seemed fine’ prior to deadly blaze," 26 June 2019 Industrial cloud computing is generally partitioned from the Internet by virtual private networks and other measures. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The fourth Industrial revolution emerges from AI and the Internet of Things," 18 June 2019 Each state is partitioned into territorial divisions that contain a more or less equal number of constituents. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About Gerrymandering," 27 June 2019 Rooms were partitioned with flammable materials like tapestries, pianos, old windows and created a labyrinth for those unfamiliar with the space. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Firefighter says Ghost Ship conditions ‘seemed fine’ prior to deadly blaze," 26 June 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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