compartment meaning

[ kəm'pɑ:tmənt ] Pronunciation:   "compartment" in a sentence
Noun: compartment  kum'paa(r)tmunt
  1. A space into which an area is subdivided 
  2. A partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area

Derived forms: compartments

See also: compartmental, compartmentalize

Type of: room, space

Encyclopedia: Compartment


A small space within a larger enclosed area, often separated by partitions.


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  1. the conveyor belt was divided into compartments.
  2. this unit consists of two compartments.
  3. train compartments soon get cramped and stuffy.
  4. the eye contains 3 compartments.
  5. there are three separate, sealed compartments in joe's chest.

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