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partition

noun

  1. (structure)  a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another)
    Synonyms: divider. Type of: structure
  2. (information technology)  the part of a hard disk that is dedicated to a particular operating system or application and accessed as a single unit
    Topic: information technology. Type of: computer memory unit
  3. (general anatomy)  a structure that separates areas in an organism
    Topic: general anatomy. Type of: body part
  4. (separation)  the act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart
    Synonyms: division, partitioning, sectionalisation [British spelling], sectionalization...

verb

  1. (part)  to divide into parts, pieces, or sections
    Synonyms: partition off. Type of: separate
  2. (zone)  to separate or apportion into sections
    Synonyms: zone. Type of: separate

Etymology summary

"division into shares, distinction", from Old French particion, from Latin...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

partition | separation [synonym, sense-specific] | partitioner [derived] | partitionist [noun, derived]

a division into parts; separation | something that separates, such as a large screen dividing a room in two | a part or share | a division of a ... (26 of 591 words, 13 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Partition [disambiguation]

may refer to: Partition (database), the division of a database | Disk partitioning, the division of a hard disk drive | Logical partition (virtual computing platform) (LPAR), a subset of a computer's resources, virtualized as a separate computer |... (36 of 266 words, 31 definitions)

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Random House Dictionary:

partition

a division into or distribution in portions or shares. | a separation, as of two or more things. | something that separates or divides. | a part, ... (24 of 255 words, 14 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/partition

Oxford Dictionary:

partition | partitioner [derived] | partitionist [derived]

(especially with reference to a country with separate areas of government) the action or state of dividing or being divided into parts | [chemistry] : ... (24 of 196 words, 6 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/partition

American Heritage Dictionary:

partition | partitioned [past tense] | partitioning [present participle] | partitions [3rd-person singular present] | partitioner [noun, related] | partitionment [noun, related]

The act or process of dividing something into parts. | The state of being so divided. | Something that divides or separates, as a wall dividing one ... (25 of 173 words, 13 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/partition

Wiktionary:

partition | partitions [plural] | partitioned [past tense] | partitioning [present participle] | dissepiment [botany, zoology] | dissepiments [botany, zoology, plural] | septum [botany, zoology] | dismemberment [synonym, sense-specific] | dismember [synonym, sense-specific]

An action which divides a thing into parts, or separates one thing from another | A part of something that had been divided, each of its results. | The division of a territory into two or more autonomous ones. | A vertical structure that divides a room... (44 of 154 words, 9 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/partition

Merriam-Webster:

partition [entry 1, noun] | division [synonym, sense-specific] | member [synonym, sense-specific] | part [synonym, sense-specific] | portion [synonym, sense-specific] | section [synonym, sense-specific] | segment [synonym, sense-specific] | unification [antonym, sense-specific] | union [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

the action of parting; the state of being parted; "division" | something that divides ; especially, an interior dividing wall | one of the parts or ... (24 of 138 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/partition

partition [entry 2, verb] | partitioner [noun, related]

to divide into parts or shares ; to divide (as a country) into two or more territorial units having separate political status | to separate or divide ... (26 of 94 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/partition show=1

Britannica Encyclopedia:

partition [of a set]

in mathematics and logic, division of a set of objects into a family of subsets that are mutually exclusive and jointly exhaustive; that is, no ... (25 of 132 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/445196​/partition

New World Dictionary:

partition | partitioned [adjective, related] | partitioner [noun, related]

a parting or being parted; division into parts; separation; apportionment | something that separates or divides, as an interior wall dividing one room ... (22 of 76 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

partition [transitive, verb] | partitioned [past tense] | partitioning [present participle] | partitions [3rd-person singular present]

[often passive] to divide a room or vehicle with a partition | to divide a country into two or more separate countries (21 of 64 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/partition 7

partition | partitions [plural]

[countable] a wall, screen, or piece of glass used to separate one area from another in a room or vehicle | [uncountable] the process of dividing a ... (26 of 61 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/partition

Cambridge Dictionary:

partition [entry 1]

a vertical structure like a thin wall which separates one part of a room or building from another (18 of 34 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/partition 1

partition [entry 2]

the dividing of a country into separate countries or areas of government (12 of 27 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/partition 2

partition [entry 3]

to divide one part of a room from another with a thin wall (13 of 34 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/partition 3

partition [entry 4]

to divide a country into separate areas of government (9 of 22 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/partition 4

Encarta Dictionary:

partition | partitions [plural] | partitioned [past tense] | partitioning [present participle]

a structure that divides a space, e.g. a wall built to make two rooms out of one | the division of a country into two or more separate states or ... (29 of 173 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861723988​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

partition

First use: early 15th century

Origin: "division into shares, distinction", from Old French particion, from Latin partitionem (nominative partitio) "division, portion", ... (18 of 44 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=partition

Wiktionary:

partition | partitions [plural] | partitioned [past tense] | partitioning [present participle]

Origin: Recorded about 1430, "division into shares, distinction," from Old French particion (modern partition), from Latin partitio ("division, portion"), from partitus, the past participle of partire ("to split (up),... (28 of 29 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/partition

American Heritage Dictionary:

partition | partitioned [past tense] | partitioning [present participle] | partitions [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English particioun, from Old French partition, from Latin partītiō, partītiōn-, from partītus, past ... (14 of 25 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/partition

Collins Dictionary:

partition

First use: 15th century

Origin: via Old French from Latin partītiō, from partīre to divide

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/partition

Oxford Dictionary:

partition

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin partitio(n-), from partiri "divide into parts"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/partition

New World Dictionary:

partition

Origin: Middle English particioune from Latin partitio

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/partition

Encarta Dictionary:

partition | partitions [plural] | partitioned [past tense] | partitioning [present participle]

First use: 15th century

Origin: French from Latin partition- from partire "to divide" from part- "part"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861723988​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

partition

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "partition"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/partition

Macmillan British Dictionary:

partition [transitive, verb] | partitioned [past tense] | partitioning [present participle] | partitions [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "partition"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/partition 7

partition | partitions [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "partition"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

partition [transitive, verb] | partitioned [past tense] | partitioning [present participle] | partitions [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "partition"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/partition 7

partition [noun] | partitions [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "partition"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

partition [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "partition"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "partition"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/partition 1

the Free Dictionary:

partition

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "partition"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "partition"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "partition" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

partition | partitions [plural] | partitioned [past tense] | partitioning [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "partition"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

partition

Audio: North American pronunciation of "partition"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=partit​03 word=partition

YourDictionary Audio:

partition

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "partition" by speech synthesizer

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