- 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)
- partition chromatography,
- partition coefficient,
- partition line,
Origin of partition
Examples from the Web for partition
In short, Pakistan is an aggrieved state that got the short end of the stick when Partition happened.
He joins Donohue in flanking the man as he disappears behind a partition and from camera view.
But of course no one in Moscow has anything to do with the “little green men” trying to partition Ukraine.
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?|Bruce Riedel|June 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
PV traced his origins to Telangana, and yet he had bitterly opposed the idea of partition during his lifetime.
Your two poles supporting the roof may help you to partition off the sleeping places, either with boards or with curtains.With the Harmony to Labrador|Benjamin La Trobe
The parts of this partition are in Euclide, and yet without any shew of a division.The Way To Geometry|Peter Ramus
It might be advisable for them to partition off a corner of this room for an office.The Blue Birds' Winter Nest|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
The chiefs fought among themselves with such ferocity that in Chile and Peru the partition of Bolivia was seriously discussed.The South American Republics, Part II (of 2)|Thomas C. Dawson
He bent nearly double, and in the act he jarred the partition again.The Ambulance Made Two Trips|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
- 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.