A compartment is a space within another space, like the glove compartment in a car.

Compartments are spaces, but they're not spaces that stand on their own. Rather, compartments are part of other spaces: they're subdivisions. The trunk is a compartment of a car. A pocket is a compartment of a suitcase. Closets are like compartments of rooms. One of the most common compartments is a car's glove compartment, where people throw all kinds of things. Anything that is divided into smaller spaces has compartments. The ventricles are like compartments of your heart.

Definitions of compartment

n a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area

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a compartment in an aircraft used for some specific purpose
a compartment on a ship between decks; often used as a hospital
separate partitioned area in a public place for a few people
box, loge
private area in a theater or grandstand where a small group can watch the performance
a compartment at the front of a motor vehicle or locomotive where driver sits
the enclosed compartment of an aircraft or spacecraft where passengers are carried
small room on a ship or boat where people sleep
cabinet, locker, storage locker
a storage compartment for clothes and valuables; usually it has a lock
cable car, car
a conveyance for passengers or freight on a cable railway
car, elevator car
where passengers ride up and down
car, gondola
the compartment that is suspended from an airship and that carries personnel and the cargo and the power plant
compartment where the pilot sits while flying the aircraft
a compartment on a European passenger train; contains 4 to 6 berths for sleeping
drawing room
a private compartment on a sleeping car with three bunks and a toilet
glove compartment
compartment on the dashboard of a car
automobile trunk, luggage compartment, trunk
compartment in an automobile that carries luggage or shopping or tools
detachable compartment of a spacecraft
pilothouse, wheelhouse
an enclosed compartment from which a vessel can be navigated
a small private compartment for one on a sleeping car
a compartment in a stable where a single animal is confined and fed
an enclosed compartment in a ship or plane for holding something as e.g. fish or a plane's landing gear or for protecting something as e.g. a ship's pumps
bilge well
(nautical) a well where seepage drains to be pumped away
British term for the luggage compartment in a car
command module
a space module in which astronauts can live and control the spacecraft and communicate with earth
conning tower
an armored pilothouse on a warship
glory hole, lazaretto
a small locker at the stern of a boat or between decks of a ship
jury box
an enclosure within a courtroom for the jury
press box
box reserved for reporters (as at a sports event)
pressure cabin
cabin consisting of the pressurized section of an aircraft or spacecraft
pump well
an enclosure in the middle of a ship's hold that protects the ship's pumps
an elevated box for viewing events at a sports stadium
a guest cabin
witness box, witness stand
a box enclosure for a witness when testifying
Type of:
an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling

n a space into which an area is subdivided

any small compartment
cubbyhole, pigeonhole
a small compartment
PO Box, POB, Post-Office box, call box, letter box
a numbered compartment in a post office where mail is put to be called for
Type of:
an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things)

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