• WordNet 3.6
    • n compartment a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area
    • n compartment a space into which an area is subdivided
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A cow has four compartments in its stomach
    • Compartment One of the parts into which an inclosed portion of space is divided, as by partitions, or lines; as, the compartments of a cabinet, a house, or a garden. "In the midst was placed a large compartment composed of grotesque work."
    • Compartment (Shipbuilding) One of the sections into which the hold of a ship is divided by water-tight bulkheads.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n compartment A part separated from the adjoining parts by a partition or other mechanical means: as, the compartments of a steamship or of a European railway-carriage.
    • n compartment In art, a panel; a cartouche; a coffer; any portion of a work or design separated from the rest by a frame or molding, by being raised or sunk, or in any other way, especially to receive an inscription or a decoration of any kind: as, the compartments of a coffered ceiling; the small sculptured compartments of the portals of the cathedral of Amiens. See cut under calendar.
    • n compartment Specifically, in heraldry, any partition or division of the field.
    • n compartment A division or chamber in any part of a plant or of an animal.
    • n compartment In forestry, the unit of area treated in a working plan. The size and the shape of compartments are determined mainly by topographic features.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Compartment kom-pärt′ment a separate part or division of any enclosed space: a division of a railway carriage: a division of anything
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. compartiment, OF. compartir, to divide. See Compart
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., from compartir—L. com, with, partīre, to part.


In literature:

Have we not made elaborately permanent the walls of our social compartments?
"Creative Unity" by Rabindranath Tagore
Nothing except the argument about the forward compartment.
"The U-boat hunters" by James B. Connolly
Directly across this compartment was another central door with something printed in German above it.
"Tom Slade on a Transport" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
The closet is divided into two compartments by a partition.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
He stood erect and groped for the door of the compartment which he located in the ceiling almost directly above him.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
A midship compartment was flooding.
"Talents, Incorporated" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
He could not see enough through the compartment grills to identify just what the compartments were; he was forced to rely on what he could hear.
"Gold in the Sky" by Alan Edward Nourse
We put Lalage into a second-class compartment.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
Eyes front, chests out, throats dry, they marched to the larger but still small vessel that shared this hold compartment.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
Sir James McClaren, alone in a first-class smoking compartment, was not surprised.
"Lady Bountiful" by George A. Birmingham
MacMaine made his way over to one of the emergency medical kits that he knew were kept in every compartment of every ship.
"The Highest Treason" by Randall Garrett
Thompson, alert and competent, found a compartment.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
Across the dark compartment was another door.
"The Winds of Time" by James H. Schmitz
Now began the building of water-tight compartments, otherwise known as nations.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
I shall make arrangements for your comfort, a sleeping compartment.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
Occasionally a guard opened the door to scrutinize the compartment, but upon finding the little party at rest he again proceeded to his duties.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
These tiers occupy the whole width of the compartment.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ripon" by Cecil Walter Charles Hallett
I will change into another compartment!
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
The northern compartment had an opening, which is still surmounted by architrave and cornice, also in its north wall.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
His eyes strained toward the compartment where the emergency space-suit was neatly compacted.
"Pirates of the Gorm" by Nat Schachner

In news:

In your next drill, require the team to gain access to the engine compartment without using the latch.
The Nebraska Zephyr , like other Zephyrs constructed by the company, had five compartments.
In fact, the watertight storage box on the Hawkeye is actually deeper than the compartments found on the Sports­man models.
Ohio Senate approves hidden car compartment ban.
The ban on hidden compartments relates to drug trafficking.
GM says the new Impala 's stronger structure enhances the quietness of the full-size sedan's passenger compartment, and improves the handling and ride.
A fire in the engine compartment of a NJ Transit River Line train prompted an all-hands response from city firefighters late Saturday night.
It comfortably carries six racquets, with the large, curved compartments offering easy access to your sticks.
The fire started in the passenger compartment of the Tahoe, Lussier said.
Shop for suitcases that have an 'expansion' feature--usually a second zippered compartment on the outside to allow you to add room inside as you need it.
Passengers place luggage in the compartments above their seats in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on hand prior to departure Sunday from George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas.
The low-profile design provides full access to the engine compartment and a clear line of vision for the driver.
As Mexican cartels move cocaine north from South America, they rely on " mules " to hide small packages of drugs in vehicle compartments and on their bodies to get past US inspectors on the Mexican border.
Nervous driver leads to hidden compartment in truck.
A large, horizontal messenger bag from Sumdex, part of the company's Altitude series, model HDN-272, offers a padded computer compartment sized for a 14.1-inch notebook.

In science:

In particular, we took into account the fact that the spatial domain in real experiments is usually limited by the size of the cell or the subcellular compartment in which the molecule diffusion is restricted.
Anomalous subdiffusion due to obstacles : A critical survey
In this section, we study the prospects at the LHC for NSI involving quarks, in the improbable, but compartively model-independent, scenario that they appear as contact interactions.
Non-Standard Neutrino Interactions at Colliders
Imagínese el siguiente espacio de la Figura 3.2 y considérese un comportamiento de ` y a de tal modo que realicen la acción r si y solo si el agente π comparte una celda con cualquiera de ellos (nótese que esto puede percibirse en las observaciones).
Analysis of first prototype universal intelligence tests: evaluating and comparing AI algorithms and humans
A partir del estado representado en la Figura 3.2, es fácil ver que la situación relativa de los tres ob jetos solo se puede ver como (π , a, `) o cuando el agente comparte una celda con a, seguido por ` a la derecha (πa, `).
Analysis of first prototype universal intelligence tests: evaluating and comparing AI algorithms and humans
Si la celda Cj donde va a parar π tiene una recompensa de 0, p. ej. rpCj q  0, y a comparte la celda con él y ` está en una celda distinta Ck .
Analysis of first prototype universal intelligence tests: evaluating and comparing AI algorithms and humans
Si la celda Cj donde va a parar π tiene una recompensa de 0, p. ej. rpCj q  0, y ` comparte la celda con él y a está en una celda distinta Ck .
Analysis of first prototype universal intelligence tests: evaluating and comparing AI algorithms and humans
The hadronic calorimeter is divided into two longitudinal compartments consisting of plates running parallel to the beam axis with scintillator plates interleaved, then read out via embedded wavelength shifting fiber.
sPHENIX: An Upgrade Concept from the PHENIX Collaboration
The hadronic calorimeter as shown in Figure 3.8 surrounds the electromagnetic calorimeter with an active volume which extends from a radius of 112 cm to 212 cm and is segmented longitudinally (i.e., along a radius vector) into two compartments of 1.5 and 3.5 interaction lengths deep (at normal incidence).
sPHENIX: An Upgrade Concept from the PHENIX Collaboration
Next we need the probability that an edge of length x fall between two compartments of linear size l.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
Hyper-KamiokaNDE foresees two 500 kton modules placed sideways, each consisting of five 50 m long optical compartments.
Future neutrino oscillation facilities
The UNO design provides a 650 kton mass subdivided into three optical compartments with different photo-sensor coverage.
Future neutrino oscillation facilities
Third, a large fraction of iGluRs, and this is especially true for AMPARs, are located in intracellular compartments and surface GFP-tagged receptors cannot be easily differentiated from internal ones.
Multiple Routes for Glutamate Receptor Trafficking: Surface Diffusion and Membrane Traffic Cooperate to Bring Receptors to Synapses
SMD also revealed that receptors exchange rapidly by lateral diffusion between submicron neighboring compartments, such as the synaptic, peri- and extrasynaptic spaces (27, 30).
Multiple Routes for Glutamate Receptor Trafficking: Surface Diffusion and Membrane Traffic Cooperate to Bring Receptors to Synapses
One explanation would be that the vertical curves separating the three compartments of this image are long thin foreign ob jects (e.g. hair) that got onto the chip and blocked or inhabited the liquid from being spread equally over the entire chip.
Quality assessment for short oligonucleotide microarray data
Ensure the functionality of the Dashboard production is done using the terminal compartment in functional groups on the operational mode to permit the application of interactive activities and provide assistance during the production implementation.
Informatics Issues Used in the Production Dashboard