apartment
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /əˈpɑːt.mənt/
  • (GA) enPR: ə-pärt'mənt, IPA: /əˈpɑɹt.mənt/
Noun

apartment (plural apartments)

  1. A complete domicile occupying only part of a building, especially one for rent; a flat.
    apartment dwellers
    • 2016, [https://web.archive.org/web/20181113034859/https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-2-hello/3113733.html VOA Learning English] (public domain)
      I am Jonathan. I am in apartment B4. — I am in apartment C2.
  2. (archaic) A suite of rooms within a domicile, designated for a specific person or persons and including a bedroom.
    • 1726 October 27, [Jonathan Swift], chapter IV, in Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. […] [Gulliver’s Travels], volume I, London: Printed for Benj[amin] Motte, […], OCLC 995220039 ↗, part I (A Voyage to Lilliput):
      By this contrivance I got into the inmost court; and, lying down upon my side, I applied my face to the windows of the middle stories, which were left open on purpose, and discovered the most splendid apartments that can be imagined. There I saw the empress and the young princes in their several lodgings, with their chief attendants about them.
  3. (obsolete) A division of an enclosure that is separate from others; a compartment
    • 1883 April 23, Slawson v. Grand Street R. Co., 107 U.S. 649, 2 S.Ct. 663, 664,
      The specification described the ordinary fare-box used in street cars and omnibuses, consisting of two apartments, the one directly above the other.... [T]he passenger deposited his fare in an aperture in the top of the upper apartment. It fell upon and was arrested by a movable platform.... This platform turned on an axis acted on by a lever. When turned, the fare fell into the lower apartment, which was a receptacle for holding the fares accumulated....
  4. (computing, COM) A conceptual space used for separation in the threading architecture. Objects in one apartment cannot directly access those in another, but must use a proxy.
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