What does partition mean?

Definitions for partition
pɑrˈtɪʃ ən, pər-par·ti·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. partition, dividernoun

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

  2. partitionnoun

    (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. partitionnoun

    (anatomy) a structure that separates areas in an organism

  4. division, partition, partitioning, segmentation, sectionalization, sectionalisationverb

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

  5. partition, partition offverb

    divide into parts, pieces, or sections

    "The Arab peninsula was partitioned by the British"

  6. partition, zoneverb

    separate or apportion into sections

    "partition a room off"


  1. Partitionnoun

    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, a compartment of a room, an inclosure, or the like, from another; as, a brick partition; lath and plaster partitions; cubicles with four-foot high partitions.


  1. partitionnoun

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

  2. partitionnoun

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

  3. partitionnoun

    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. partitionnoun

    A vertical structure that divides a room.

  5. partitionnoun

    A section of a hard disk separately formatted.

  6. partitionnoun

    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. partitionverb

    To divide something into parts, sections or shares

  8. partitionverb

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

  9. partitionverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Partitionnoun

    Etymology: partition, Fr. partitio, Latin.

    We grew together,
    Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
    But yet an union in partition. William Shakespeare.

    We have, in this respect, our churches divided by certain partition, although not so many in number as theirs. Richard Hooker.

    Can we not
    Partition make with spectacles so precious
    ’Twixt fair and foul? William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    We shall be winnow’d with so rough a wind,
    That ev’n our corn shall seem as light as chaff,
    And good from bad find no partition. William Shakespeare.

    The day, month and year, measured by them, are used as standard measures, as likely others arbitrarily deduced from them by partition or collection. William Holder, on Time.

    Lodg’d in a small partition; and the rest
    Ordain’d for uses to his Lord best known. John Milton.

    It doth not follow, that God, without respect, doth teach us to erect between us and them a partition wall of difference, in such things indifferent as have hitherto been disputed of. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. 6.

    Make partitions of wood in a hogshead, with holes in them, and mark the difference of their sound from that of an hogshead without such partitions. Francis Bacon.

    Partition firm and sure,
    The waters underneath from those above
    Dividing. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Enclosures our factions have made in the church, become a great partition wall to keep others out of it. Decay of Piety.

    At one end of it, is a great partition, designed for an opera. Addison.

    The partition between good and evil is broken down; and where one sin has entered, legions will force their way. John Rogers, Sermons.

    The mound was newly made, no sight could pass
    Betwixt the nice partitions of the grass,
    The well-united sods so closely lay. Dryden.

  2. To Partitionverb

    To divide into distinct parts.

    These sides are uniform without, though severally partitioned within. Francis Bacon.


  1. Partition

    Partition is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her self-titled fifth studio album released in 2013. Beyoncé co-wrote and co-produced the song with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, Dwane "Key Wane" Weir, and Mike Dean, with extra writing from The-Dream and extra production from Jordy "Boots" Asher. The song was sent to urban contemporary on February 25, 2014 as the third single from Beyoncé by Columbia Records. The song consists of two parts, individually titled "Yoncé" and "Partition". "Partition" has been described as "electro-R&B" also known as PBR&B that moves "from a sweet, girl-group pop sound to Dirty South hip-hop". Its production musically consists of a sparse synthesized arrangement, a thrusting bassline and a heavy drumbeat giving it elements of electro-R&B. Exploring the deep, sexual nature of Beyoncé, "Partition" depicts sexual intercourse in the back of a limousine. The closing minute of the song features a French word interpolation slightly similar to a quote by actress Julianne Moore in the 1998 film The Big Lebowski.


  1. partition

    A partition is a division of a whole into distinct, non-overlapping parts or sections, such that every element of the whole is included in one and only one of the partitioned segments. This term can be used in various contexts such as in mathematics, computing, politics, etc., referring to a separate or distinct part of something.

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. Partitionverb

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

  7. Partitionverb

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

  8. Etymology: [F. partition, L. partitio. See Part, v.]


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Partition

    par-tish′un, n. act of parting or dividing: state of being divided: separate part: that which divides: a wall between apartments: the place where separation is made.—v.t. to divide into shares: to divide into parts by walls.—adjs. Par′tīte, divided into parts: (bot.) parted nearly to the base; Par′titive, parting: dividing: distributive.—n. (gram.) a word denoting a part or partition.—adv. Par′titively. [Fr.,—L. partitiopartīri, divide.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of partition in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of partition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of partition in a Sentence

  1. Tigran Petrosian:

    I noticed that he would always visit the same toilet partition, which was strange, since two other partitions weren’t occupied.

  2. Tigran Petrosian:

    Nigalidze would promptly reply to my moves and then literally run to the toilet, i noticed that he would always visit the same toilet partition, which was strange, since two other partitions weren’t occupied.

  3. Tigran Petrosian:

    After my opponent left the very toilet partition yet another time, the arbiters entered it, what they found was the mobile phone with headphones. The device was hidden behind the pan and covered with toilet paper.

  4. Khawaja Muhammad Zakariya:

    Even my children, they put many questions to me about partition.

  5. Menachem Begin:

    The Partition of Palestine is illegal. It will never be recognized .... Jerusalem was and will for ever be our capital. Eretz Israel will be restored to the people of Israel. All of it. And for Ever.

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Translations for partition

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  • rozklad, diskový oddílCzech
  • Trennwand, Zerlegung, Partition, KlasseneinteilungGerman
  • διαίρεση, τμήμα, διχοτόμηση, διαμέρισμα, χώρισμα, μερισμός, τεμαχισμός, μέρισμα, τεμάχιο, διαμερισμός, κατάτμησηGreek
  • disdividi, disdividoEsperanto
  • parte, partir, particiónSpanish
  • partitionFrench
  • deighiltIrish
  • particiónGalician
  • חלוקהHebrew
  • बंटवाराHindi
  • partizione, partizionare, suddividereItalian
  • splitsing, splitsen, deel, part, verdelen, aandeel, opdelen, dismemberen, opdeling, partitie, verdelingDutch
  • partisjonNorwegian
  • divisória, partiçãoPortuguese
  • расчленить, ячейка, переборка, деление, делить, раздел, отделение, разделять, разделить, секция, расчленять, расчленение, разделение, перегородкаRussian
  • विभाजनSanskrit
  • dela upp, delaSwedish
  • تقسیمUrdu

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