[pahr-tish-uh n, per-] /pɑrˈtɪʃ ən, pər-/
a division into or distribution in portions or shares.
a separation, as of two or more things.
something that separates or divides.
a part, division, or section.
an interior wall or barrier dividing a room, area of a building, enclosure, etc., into separate areas.
a septum or dissepiment, as in a plant or animal structure.
Law. a division of property among joint owners or tenants in common or a sale of such property followed by a division of the proceeds.
Logic. the separation of a whole into its integrant parts.
Rhetoric. (in a speech organized on classical principles) the second, usually brief section or part in which a speaker announces the chief lines of thought to be discussed in support of his or her theme.
verb (used with object)
to divide into or portions.
to divide or separate by interior walls, barriers, or the like (sometimes followed by off):
to partition off a dormitory into cubicles.
to divide (a country or territory) into separate, usually differing political entities.
Law. to divide property among several owners, either in specie or by sale and division of the proceeds.
a division into parts; separation
something that separates, such as a large screen dividing a room in two
a part or share
a division of a country into two or more separate nations
(property law) a division of property, esp realty, among joint owners
(maths) any of the ways by which an integer can be expressed as a sum of integers
(biology) a structure that divides or separates
(rhetoric) the second part of a speech where the chief lines of thought are announced
(often foll by off) to separate or apportion into sections: to partition a room off with a large screen
to divide (a country) into two or more separate nations
(property law) to divide (property, esp realty) among joint owners, by dividing either the property itself or the proceeds of sale
early 15c., “division into shares, distinction,” from Old French particion (12c.), from Latin partitionem (nominative partitio) “a sharing, division, partition, distribution; method of dividing,” from past participle stem of partire “to part” (see part (v.)). Sense of “that which separates” first recorded late 15c.
1741, from partition (n.). Related: Partitioned; partitioning.
partition par·ti·tion (pär-tĭsh’ən)
A division of a nation or territory into two or more nations. Cyprus, Germany, India, Ireland, Korea, Palestine, and Vietnam are notable examples of countries that have undergone partition.
- Partition chromatography
partition chromatography n. Separation of similar substances by repeated extraction by two immiscible liquids.
- Partition coefficient
noun 1. (chem) the ratio of the concentrations of a substance in two heterogenous phases in equilibrium with each other
- Partitioned data set
file format (PDS) A data set on an IBM mainframe that contains members, each of which acts like a separate data set. Partitioned data sets are more space-efficient than individual data sets, because they can put more than one data set on a track. They are also used to hold libraries, with one function per […]
[pahr-tish-uh n, per-] /pɑrˈtɪʃ ən, pər-/ noun 1. a division into or distribution in portions or shares. 2. a separation, as of two or more things. 3. something that separates or divides. 4. a part, division, or section. 5. an interior wall or barrier dividing a room, area of a building, enclosure, etc., into separate […]