- a division into or distribution in portions or shares.
- a separation, as of two or more things.
- something that separates or divides.
- a part, division, or section.
- an interior wall or barrier dividing a room, area of a building, enclosure, etc., into separate areas.
- a septum or dissepiment, as in a plant or animal structure.
- Law. a division of property among joint owners or tenants in common or a sale of such property followed by a division of the proceeds.
- Logic. the separation of a whole into its integrant parts.
- 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).
- Rhetoric. (in a speech organized on classical principles) the second, usually brief section or part in which a speaker announces the chief lines of thought to be discussed in support of his or her theme.
- to divide into parts or portions.
- to divide or separate by interior walls, barriers, or the like (sometimes followed by off): to partition off a dormitory into cubicles.
- to divide (a country or territory) into separate, usually differing political entities.Compare Balkanize.
- Law. to divide property among several owners, either in specie or by sale and division of the proceeds.
Origin of partition
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Examples from the Web for 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
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
- 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 country into two or more separate nations
- property law a division of property, esp realty, among joint owners
- maths any of the ways by which an integer can be expressed as a sum of integers
- logic maths
- the division of a class into a number of disjoint and exhaustive subclasses
- such a set of subclasses
- biology a structure that divides or separates
- rhetoric the second part of a speech where the chief lines of thought are announced
- (often foll by off) to separate or apportion into sectionsto partition a room off with a large screen
- to divide (a country) into two or more separate nations
- property law to divide (property, esp realty) among joint owners, by dividing either the property itself or the proceeds of sale
Word Origin and History 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.
- The act or process of dividing something into parts.
- The state of being so divided.
- A wall, septum, or other separating membrane in an organism.