partition: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (pär-tish'un, pur-), [key]
- 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.
- a division of property among joint owners or tenants in common or a sale of such property followed by a division of the proceeds.
- the separation of a whole into its integrant parts.
- A partition of the set
- a mode of separating a positive whole number into a sum of positive whole numbers.
- the decomposition of a set into disjoint subsets whose union is the original set:A partition of the set(1, 2, 3, 4, 5) is the collection of subsets (1), (2, 3), (4), and (5).
- (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.
- to divide into parts or portions.
- to divide or separate by interior walls, barriers, or the like (sometimes fol. by off): to partition off a dormitory into cubicles.
- to divide (a country or territory) into separate, usually differing political entities. Cf.
- to divide property among several owners, either in specie or by sale and division of the proceeds.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.