- a mode of separating a positive whole number into a sum of positive whole numbers.
- the decomposition of a set into disjoint subsets whose union is the original set: A partition of the set (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) is the collection of subsets (1), (2, 3), (4), and (5).
verb (used with object)
Origin of partition
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Related Words for partitionbarrier, dissolution, segregation, separation, subdivide, apportionment, severance, wall, disunion, screen, share, obstruction, portion, detachment, disconnection, allotment, hindrance, distribution, rupture, parting
Examples from the Web for partition
Contemporary Examples of partition
In short, Pakistan is an aggrieved state that got the short end of the stick when Partition happened.CIA Agents Assess: How Real Is ‘Homeland’?
Chuck Cogan, John MacGaffin
December 15, 2014
He joins Donohue in flanking the man as he disappears behind a partition and from camera view.Synagogue Slay: When Cops Have to Kill
December 10, 2014
But of course no one in Moscow has anything to do with the “little green men” trying to partition Ukraine.Putin Is Just Getting Started in Ukraine
June 19, 2014
He has called the 1947 partition the “biggest blunder in history” and advocates peace with India.Altaf Hussain Finally Arrested in London; Can His MQM Be Neutralized?
June 3, 2014
PV traced his origins to Telangana, and yet he had bitterly opposed the idea of partition during his lifetime.India’s Newest State Telangana Is Bosnia Redux
March 22, 2014
Historical Examples of partition
Here is the partition at my ear down in the deep on the lee side.The Uncommercial Traveller
All this time he stood on the other side of the partition and prayed.
There was complete silence on the other side of the partition.
However, one evening in January she knocked with both her fists against the partition.L'Assommoir
I would have shot you that day through the partition, but unfortunately you were not there.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Arthur Conan Doyle
- the division of a class into a number of disjoint and exhaustive subclasses
- such a set of subclasses
Word Origin for partition
early 15c., "division into shares, distinction," from Old French particion (12c.), from Latin partitionem (nominative partitio) "a sharing, division, partition, distribution; method of dividing," from past participle stem of partire "to part" (see part (v.)). Sense of "that which separates" first recorded late 15c.
1741, from partition (n.). Related: Partitioned; partitioning.