[ pahr-tish-uhn, per- ]
/ pɑrˈtɪʃ ən, pər- /
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.
verb (used with object)
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
par·ti·tion·a·ble, adjectivepar·ti·tion·ar·y, adjectivepar·ti·tion·er, par·ti·tion·ist, nounpar·ti·tion·ment, noun
pre·par·ti·tion, noun, verb (used with object)sub·par·ti·tion, nounsub·par·ti·tioned, adjectivesub·par·ti·tion·ment, nounun·par·ti·tioned, adjective
1. See division.
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British Dictionary definitions for partitionable
/ (pɑːˈtɪʃən) /
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
- 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
Derived Formspartitioner or partitionist, noun
Word Origin for partition
C15: via Old French from Latin partītiō, from partīre to divide
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Medicine definitions for partitionable
[ pär-tĭsh′ən ]
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.
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Culture definitions for partitionable
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