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 Using the partition would have blocked Covenant Eyes from working, Faulkner said back in May. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, 1 Dec. 2021 The queen was due to travel to mark 100 years since the partition of Ireland, which created the U.K. province of Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State. Max Colchester, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2021 After the partition of India in 1947, he was raised in Pakistan, the largely Muslim nation created by the division. New York Times, 10 Oct. 2021 After the 1947 partition between India and Pakistan, many hundreds of thousands of individuals born in land accorded to Pakistan migrated to India, and vice versa. Rida Qadri, Wired, 11 Nov. 2021 Charles and Marty had this huge office that took up the corner of an entire floor, with Charles on one side and Marty on the other, facing each other, a glass partition in between. Roy Trakin, Variety, 28 Oct. 2021 Khan was born in Bhopal, India, and moved to Muslim-majority Pakistan after the 1947 partition of the Indian subcontinent. Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2021 Playing Dominos meant wearing gloves and a mask, and sitting behind a glass partition. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 13 Aug. 2021 During three decades of writing fiction, Mr. Ahtesham raised important questions about Indian Muslim identity, about deteriorating Hindu-Muslim relations and about the psychological aftershocks of the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan. New York Times, 8 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Perhaps the very idea that a country can partition its economy into green and non-green segments is tenuous. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 23 Nov. 2021 For groups without agreements in place, or those who have not waived their right to partition in an agreement, any co-owner can force a sale of the property at any time. Alex Janin, WSJ, 11 Oct. 2021 Palestinians fear Israel plans to eventually take over the compound or partition it. Joseph Krauss, ajc, 23 May 2021 Palestinians fear Israel plans to eventually take over the compound or partition it. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, 23 May 2021 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, 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, 15 Apr. 2021 Species may diverge into different size categories to partition their resources and avoid direct competition. Mark D. Scherz, Quartz, 3 Apr. 2021 To partition their fields, French farmers built earthen mounds. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Mar. 2021

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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)

: 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

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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