partition

A partition is something that divides space. When your younger brother decides to stop bathing, setting up a partition between his side of the room and yours seems like a good idea...until you realize your partition is not air-tight.

Partition can be used as a noun or as a verb. As a noun, it usually refers to a physical barrier between spaces. As a verb, to partition is to separate into sections — like to partition an office space into different work spaces. One can also partition something that does not involve physical space — like when you partition school life from home life, you are splitting your life into two parts that don’t intersect.

Primary Meanings of partition

1.
nv
the act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart
divide into parts, pieces, or sections
2.
n
(computer science) the part of a hard disk that is dedicated to a particular operating system or application and accessed as a single unit
Full Definitions of partition
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n the act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart

Synonyms:
division, partitioning, sectionalisation, sectionalization, segmentation
Types:
subdivision
the act of subdividing; division of something previously divided
septation
the division or partitioning of a cavity into parts by a septum
zoning
dividing an area into zones or sections reserved for different purposes such as residence and business and manufacturing etc
Type of:
separation
the act of dividing or disconnecting

n a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another)

Synonyms:
divider
Examples:
Wailing Wall
a wall in Jerusalem; sacred to Jews as a place of prayer and lamentation; its stones are believed to have formed part of the Temple of Solomon
Hadrian's Wall
an ancient Roman wall built by Hadrian in the 2nd century; marked the northern boundary of the Roman Empire in Britain
Types:
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brattice
a partition (often temporary) of planks or cloth that is used to control ventilation in a mine
bulkhead
a partition that divides a ship or plane into compartments
screen
partition consisting of a decorative frame or panel that serves to divide a space
wall
an architectural partition with a height and length greater than its thickness; used to divide or enclose an area or to support another structure
altarpiece, reredos
a painted or carved screen placed above and behind an altar or communion table
attic
(architecture) a low wall at the top of the entablature; hides the roof
bearing wall
any wall supporting a floor or the roof of a building
cavity wall
a wall formed of two thicknesses of masonry with a space between them
chimney breast
walls that project out from the wall of a room and surround the chimney base
firewall
a fireproof (or fire-resistant) wall designed to prevent the spread of fire through a building or a vehicle
gable, gable end, gable wall
the vertical triangular wall between the sloping ends of gable roof
parapet
a low wall along the edge of a roof or balcony
proscenium, proscenium wall
the wall that separates the stage from the auditorium in a modern theater
purdah
a screen used in India to separate women from men or strangers
rood screen
a screen in a church; separates the nave from the choir or chancel
sidewall
a wall that forms the side of a structure
wainscoting, wainscotting
a wainscoted wall (or wainscoted walls collectively)
Type of:
construction, structure
a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

n (anatomy) a structure that separates areas in an organism

Types:
septum
(anatomy) a dividing partition between two tissues or cavities
nasal septum
a partition of bone and cartilage between the nasal cavities
Type of:
body part
any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity

v divide into parts, pieces, or sections

“The Arab peninsula was partitioned by the British”
Synonyms:
partition off
Types:
pound, pound off
partition off into compartments
Type of:
divide, part, separate
come apart

v separate or apportion into sections

partition a room off”
Synonyms:
zone
Types:
screen off, separate off
partition by means of a divider, such as a screen
Type of:
divide, separate
make a division or separation
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n (computer science) the part of a hard disk that is dedicated to a particular operating system or application and accessed as a single unit

Type of:
computer memory unit
a unit for measuring computer memory

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