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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

par•ti•tionpɑrˈtɪʃ ən, pər-(n.)

  1. a division into or distribution in portions or shares.

  2. a separation, as of two or more things.

  3. something that separates or divides.

  4. a part, division, or section.

  5. an interior wall or barrier dividing space into separate areas.

    Category: Building Trades

  6. Logic. the separation of a whole into its integral parts.

    Category: Philosphy

  7. Math. a mode of separating a positive whole number into a sum of positive whole numbers.

    Category: Math

  8. (v.t.)to divide into parts or portions.

  9. to divide or separate by a partition (often fol. by off):

    to partition off a dining area.

    Category: Building Trades

  10. to divide (a country or territory) into separate political entities.

    Category: Government

Origin of partition:

1400–50; late ME < L partītiō division <partī(rī) to divide

Princeton's WordNet

  1. partition, divider(noun)

    a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another)

  2. partition(noun)

    (computer science) the part of a hard disk that is dedicated to a particular operating system or application and accessed as a single unit

  3. partition(noun)

    (anatomy) a structure that separates areas in an organism

  4. division, partition, partitioning, segmentation, sectionalization, sectionalisation(verb)

    the act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart

  5. partition, partition off(verb)

    divide into parts, pieces, or sections

    "The Arab peninsula was partitioned by the British"

  6. partition, zone(verb)

    separate or apportion into sections

    "partition a room off"


  1. partition(Noun)

    An action which divides a thing into parts, or separates one thing from another

  2. partition(Noun)

    A part of something that had been divided, each of its results.

  3. partition(Noun)

    The division of a territory into two or more autonomous ones.

    Monarchies where partition isn't prohibited risk weakening trough parcellation and civil wars between the heirs

  4. partition(Noun)

    A vertical structure that divides a room.

  5. partition(Noun)

    A section of a hard disk separately formatted.

  6. partition(Noun)

    A collection of non-empty, disjoint subsets of a set whose union is the set itself (i.e. all elements of the set are contained in exactly one of the subsets).

  7. partition(Verb)

    To divide something into parts, sections or shares

  8. partition(Verb)

    To divide a region or country into two or more territories with separate political status

  9. partition(Verb)

    To separate or divide a room by a partition (ex. a wall), often use with off

  10. Origin: Recorded c.1430, "division into shares, distinction," from particion (modern partition), from partitio, from partitus, the past participle of partire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Partition

    the act of parting or dividing; the state of being parted; separation; division; distribution; as, the partition of a kingdom

  2. Partition

    that which divides or separates; that by which different things, or distinct parts of the same thing, are separated; separating boundary; dividing line or space; specifically, an interior wall dividing one part or apartment of a house, an inclosure, or the like, from another; as, a brick partition; lath and plaster partitions

  3. Partition

    a part divided off by walls; an apartment; a compartment

  4. Partition

    the servance of common or undivided interests, particularly in real estate. It may be effected by consent of parties, or by compulsion of law

  5. Partition

    a score

  6. Partition(verb)

    to divide into parts or shares; to divide and distribute; as, to partition an estate among various heirs

  7. Partition(verb)

    to divide into distinct parts by lines, walls, etc.; as, to partition a house


  1. Partition

    In politics, a partition is a change of political borders cutting through at least one territory considered a homeland by some community. That change is done primarily by diplomatic means, and use of military force is negligible. Common arguments for partitions include: ⁕historicist — that partition is inevitable, or already in progress ⁕last resort — that partition should be pursued to avoid the worst outcomes, if all other means fail ⁕cost-benefit — that partition offers a better prospect of conflict reduction than the if existing borders are not changed ⁕better tomorrow — that partition will reduce current violence and conflict, and that the new more homogenized states will be more stable ⁕rigorous end — heterogeneity leads to problems, hence homogeneous states should be the goal of any policy Common arguments against include: ⁕It disrupts functioning and traditional state entities ⁕It creates enormous human suffering ⁕It creates new grievances that could eventually lead to more deadly violence, such as the Korean and Vietnamese wars. ⁕It prioritizes race and ethnicity to a level acceptable only to an apartheid regime ⁕The international system is very reluctant to accept the idea of partition in deeply divided societies

Translations for partition

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something that divides, eg a light, often temporary, wall between rooms

The office was divided in two by a wooden partition.

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