partitions; partitioned; partitioning

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.

Definitions of partition
  1. noun
    the act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart
    synonyms: division, partitioning, sectionalisation, sectionalization, segmentation
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    the act of subdividing; division of something previously divided
    the division or partitioning of a cavity into parts by a septum
    dividing an area into zones or sections reserved for different purposes such as residence and business and manufacturing etc
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    the act of dividing or disconnecting
  2. noun
    a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another)
    synonyms: divider
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    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
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    a partition (often temporary) of planks or cloth that is used to control ventilation in a mine
    a partition that divides a ship or plane into compartments
    partition consisting of a decorative frame or panel that serves to divide a space
    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
    (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
    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
    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
    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
    a wall that forms the side of a structure
    wainscoting, wainscotting
    a wainscoted wall (or wainscoted walls collectively)
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    construction, structure
    a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
  3. noun
    (anatomy) a structure that separates areas in an organism
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    (anatomy) a dividing partition between two tissues or cavities
    nasal septum
    a partition of bone and cartilage between the nasal cavities
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    body part
    any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
  4. verb
    divide into parts, pieces, or sections
    “The Arab peninsula was partitioned by the British”
    synonyms: partition off
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    pound, pound off
    partition off into compartments
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    divide, part, separate
    come apart
  5. verb
    separate or apportion into sections
    partition a room off”
    synonyms: zone
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    screen off, separate off
    partition by means of a divider, such as a screen
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    divide, separate
    make a division or separation
  6. noun
    (computer science) the part of a hard disk that is dedicated to a particular operating system or application and accessed as a single unit
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    computer memory unit
    a unit for measuring computer memory
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