• (America) enPR: pärtĭ'shən, IPA: /pɑɹˈtɪʃən/


  1. An action which divides a thing into parts, or separates one thing from another.
    • c. 1596–1599, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i]:
      And good from bad find no partition.
  2. A part of something that has been divided.
  3. (math) An approach to division in which one asks what the size of each part is, rather than (as in quotition) how many parts there are.
  4. 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
  5. A vertical structure that divides a room.
    a brick partition; lath and plaster partitions
  6. That which divides or separates; that by which different things, or distinct parts of the same thing, are separated; boundary; dividing line or space.
    • No sight could pass / Betwixt the nice partitions of the grass.
  7. A part divided off by walls; an apartment; a compartment.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 8”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Lodged in a small partition.
  8. (legal) The severance of common or undivided interests, particularly in real estate. It may be effected by consent of parties, or by compulsion of law.
  9. (computing) A section of a hard disk separately formatted.
  10. (databases) A division of a database or one of its constituting elements such as tables into separate independent parts.
  11. (set theory) 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).
  12. (music) A musical score.
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  • Russian: разделе́ние
  • Russian: отделе́ние
  • Spanish: parte
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  • Russian: перегоро́дка
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partition (partitions, present participle partitioning; past and past participle partitioned)

  1. To divide something into parts, sections or shares
  2. To divide a region or country into two or more territories with separate political status
  3. To separate or divide a room by a partition (ex. a wall), often use with off
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