partition meaning

[ pɑ:'tiʃən ] Pronunciation:   "partition" in a sentence
Noun: partition  paa(r)'tishun
  1. A vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another)
    - divider 
  2. (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. (anatomy) a structure that separates areas in an organism 
  4. The act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart
    - division, partitioning, segmentation, sectionalization, sectionalisation [Brit]
Verb: partition  paa(r)'tishun
  1. Divide into parts, pieces, or sections
    "The Arab peninsula was partitioned by the British"
    - partition off 
  2. Separate or apportion into sections
    "partition a room off"
    - zone

Derived forms: partitioned, partitioning, partitions

See also: partitionist, partitive

Type of: body part, computer memory unit, construction, divide, part, separate, separation, structure

Encyclopedia: Partition


A dividing wall within a building; may be bearing or non-load-bearing.


In sound-transmission considerations, any building component (or a combination of components), such as a wall, door, window, roof, or floor-ceiling assembly, that separates one space from another.

AmE / noun, verb

noun [C]


a thin wall or screen that separates one part of a large room from another:

an open-plan office with desks separated by low partitions

2 (IT )

one of a number of sections that a computer's memory or the place where information is stored can be divided into:

You can give each partition a name to help you remember what is inside.

verb [+ obj] (often be partitioned)

to divide sth into two or more parts:

The room is partitioned into three sections.

Partitioning often opens up more usable space on a drive.


partition sth off

to separate one area, one part of a room, etc. from another with a wall or screen

A court action to divide property. Typically taken when a property is jointly owned and a dispute arises about how to divide it.

n : the distribution of a substance between two immiscible phases in contact at equilibrium and esp. between two liquids — partition vt


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  1. the subsets in a partition are called cells.
  2. the air cell partition become indistinct.
  3. such a partition is called a bipartition of the graph.
  4. it is useful to partition a graph into its components.
  5. n is not the smallest possible value for a legal partition.

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