[ kuh m-pahrt-muh n-tey-shuh n ]
/ kəmˌpɑrt mənˈteɪ ʃən /

noun Nautical.

subdivision of a hull into spaces enclosed by watertight bulkheads and sometimes by watertight decks.

Origin of compartmentation

First recorded in 1955–60; compartment + -ation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for compartmentation

  • The craft seemed to have been circular, with compartmentation in spiral form, like a chambered nautilus.

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