Definitions for: Partition


[n] the act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart
[n] a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another)
[n] (computer science) the part of a hard disk that is dedicated to a particular operating system or application and accessed as a single unit
[v] separate or apportion into sections; "partition a room off"
[v] divide into parts, pieces, or sections; "The Arab peninsula was partitioned by the British"



Webster (1913) Definition: Par*ti"tion, n. [F. partition, L. partitio. See
Part, v.]
1. The act of parting or dividing; the state of being parted;
separation; division; distribution; as, the partition of a
kingdom.

And good from bad find no partition. --Shak.

2. 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.

No sight could pass Betwixt the nice partitions of
the grass. --Dryden.

3. A part divided off by walls; an apartment; a compartment.
[R.] ``Lodged in a small partition.'' --Milton.

4. (Law.) 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. (Mus.) A score.

Partition of numbers (Math.), the resolution of integers
into parts subject to given conditions. --Brande & C.


Par*ti"tion, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Partitioned; p.
pr. & vb. n. Partitioning.]
1. To divide into parts or shares; to divide and distribute;
as, to partition an estate among various heirs.

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

Uniform without, though severally partitioned
within. --Bacon.

Synonyms: divider, division, partition off, partitioning, sectionalisation, sectionalization, segmentation, zone

See Also: bulkhead, computer memory unit, construction, divide, divide, part, pound, pound off, screen, screen off, separate, separate, separate off, separation, septation, structure, subdivision, wall, zoning

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