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com•part•ment

Pronunciation: (kum-prt'munt), [key]
? n.
  1. a part or space marked or partitioned off.
  2. a separate room, section, etc.: a baggage compartment.
  3. a private bedroom with toilet facilities.
  4. a separate aspect, function, or the like: the compartments of the human mind.
  5. a distinct major division of a design.
  6. a decorative base, as a grassy mound, on which the supporters of an escutcheon stand or rest.
?v.t.
  1. to divide into compartments.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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