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 Stung by partition, nationalists refused to recognize the British state. James Waller, The Conversation, "Northern Ireland, born of strife 100 years ago, again erupts in political violence," 12 Apr. 2021 One room away, separated by a glass partition, the astronauts' wives celebrated Armstrong as well. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The Apollo 11 astronauts quarantined after returning to Earth. Here's why," 6 Mar. 2021 An Ola driver, whose cab didn’t have a protective partition, said customers often entered his cab and took their masks off, complaining about having to wear it all day in their offices. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "“More work, less money”—the reality of India’s ride-hailing services in a post-Covid world," 22 Feb. 2021 The film expertly intertwines family and career conflict, cultural identity and the aftereffects of the 1947 partition of India. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "15 must-see films at Cleveland International Film Festival 2021," 6 Apr. 2021 His grandfather built the farmhouse after the bloody partition of Pakistan from India in 1947 forced him to flee Pakistan. New York Times, "Why India’s Farmers Fight to Save a Broken System," 23 Mar. 2021 The spending bill once again includes federal aid to fulfill one of Trump's most prominent campaign promises: construction of a partition on the U.S-Mexico border. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "'Three-martini lunch' tax break, foreign aid: Why year-end bills are stirring controversy," 25 Dec. 2020 The settlers and their supporters view the West Bank as the biblical and historical heartland of the Jewish people and are opposed to any partition. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, "Report: Israeli settler population surged during Trump era," 27 Jan. 2021 The governor did lift some restrictions on how many people can sit as a restaurant table, but tables are still required to be 6 feet (2 meters) apart or have a partition. Kim Chandler, ajc, "Bucking GOP trend, Alabama governor extends mask order," 4 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "For some Connecticut communities, Jersey barriers could become an arts centerpiece," 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, "The Brain ‘Rotates’ Memories to Save Them From New Sensations," 15 Apr. 2021 Species may diverge into different size categories to partition their resources and avoid direct competition. Mark D. Scherz, Quartz, "How evolution’s largest questions could be answered by Madagascar’s smallest creatures," 3 Apr. 2021 To partition their fields, French farmers built earthen mounds. BostonGlobe.com, "At age 100, a veteran looks back at D-Day, Battle of the Bulge," 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, "Would You Want to Live in an Office Tower on East 38th Street?," 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, "Firefox continues cracking down on tracking with cache partitioning," 22 Dec. 2020 The Miami Hurricanes have always aimed to partition South Florida and its talented crop of elite recruits away from other programs across the country. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Hurricanes prioritized South Florida in the 2021 recruiting class — and it worked," 17 Dec. 2020 The Palestinians have long feared that Israel intends to take over the site or partition it. Areej Hazboun And Joseph Krauss, USA TODAY, "Palestinians torn as Israel seeks Gulf tourists in Jerusalem after COVID-19 drained travel hub," 16 Nov. 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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29 Apr 2021

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“Partition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/partition. Accessed 7 May. 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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