- a part or space marked or partitioned off.
- a separate room, section, etc.: a baggage compartment.
- U.S. Railroads. a private bedroom with toilet facilities.
- a separate aspect, function, or the like: the compartments of the human mind.
- Architecture. a distinct major division of a design.
- Heraldry. a decorative base, as a grassy mound, on which the supporters of an escutcheon stand or rest.
- to divide into compartments.
Origin of compartment
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Examples from the Web for compartment
The EFPs were hidden in a compartment under an unassuming-looking house.How the NSA Became a Killing Machine
November 9, 2014
Ogorzow had to remember where it was at the Hirschgarten station and keep an eye out on the doors on that side of the compartment.
After this attack, Ogorzow left his weapon behind on the train, hiding it in the compartment.
Ogorzow turned his back on Bendorf and opened the compartment door.
The other women may have attempted to squeeze through the small window into the driver's compartment, but it was too late.Still No Explanation for Horrific Limo Fire
May 6, 2013
A jolly tanner observes: "I'll get a compartment to oursels."Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
My sharing his compartment had evidently produced an unpleasant impression.
The brother had the compartment next to that woman, with the big dog.
The Ring Master now passed, raised his hat and entered his compartment.
Then Ossipon came back, saying: “I told him not to let anybody get into our compartment.”The Secret Agent
- one of the sections into which an area, esp an enclosed space, is divided or partitioned
- any separate part or sectiona compartment of the mind
- a small storage space; locker
C16: from French compartiment, ultimately from Late Latin compartīrī to share, from Latin com- with + partīrī to apportion, from pars part
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Word Origin and History for compartment
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