• WordNet 3.6
    • v partition separate or apportion into sections "partition a room off"
    • v partition divide into parts, pieces, or sections "The Arab peninsula was partitioned by the British"
    • n partition the act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart
    • n partition a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another)
    • n partition (anatomy) a structure that separates areas in an organism
    • n partition (computer science) the part of a hard disk that is dedicated to a particular operating system or application and accessed as a single unit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Partition A part divided off by walls; an apartment; a compartment. "Lodged in a small partition ."
    • Partition (Mus) A score.
    • Partition That which divides or separates; that by which different things, or distinct parts of the same thing, are separated; separating boundary; dividing line or space; specifically, an interior wall dividing one part or apartment of a house, a compartment of a room, an inclosure, or the like, from another; as, a brick partition; lath and plaster partitions; cubicles with four-foot high partitions. "No sight could pass
      Betwixt the nice partitions of the grass."
    • Partition The act of parting or dividing; the state of being parted; separation; division; distribution; as, the partition of a kingdom. "And good from bad find no partition ."
    • Partition (Law) The severance of common or undivided interests, particularly in real estate. It may be effected by consent of parties, or by compulsion of law.
    • Partition To divide into distinct parts by lines, walls, etc.; as, to partition a house. "Uniform without, though severally partitioned within."
    • Partition To divide into parts or shares; to divide and distribute; as, to partition an estate among various heirs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n partition The act of parting or dividing; the act of separating into portions and distributing: as, the partition of a kingdom among several other states.
    • n partition The state of being divided; division; separation; distinction.
    • n partition Separate part; apartment; compartment.
    • n partition That by which different parts are separated.
    • n partition In architecture, a dividing wall; a wall or barrier which serves to separate one apartment from another in a building.
    • n partition In botany, the division of a parted leaf; also, the wall of a cell in an ovary or fruit; a dissepiment.
    • n partition In zoology, specifically, a party-wall, septum, or dissepiment.
    • n partition In law, a division of property among co-owners by their agreement or by judicial proceeding. At common law it is a division of lands and tenements between coparceners, joint tenants, or tenants in common, by agreement, so as to terminate their cotenancy and vest in each a sole estate in a portion of the land, or an allotment, as it was called; and this was not deemed a conveyance, but a mere severance of interests. Partition has also long been made by courts of equity, for they have power to award compensation for inequality, or to decree a sale and division of proceeds when an actual allotment is impracticable or disadvantageous. The same power has of late been sometimes extended to personal property, but not usually under the name of partition, nor is the name used for the ordinary distribution or division of an estate by executors, etc.
    • n partition In music. Same as score.
    • n partition In logic and rhetoric, the separation of an integrate whole into its integrant parts; the separation of any whole into its parts, except that the separation of a genus into its species, or of a species into genus and difference, is not so called.
    • n partition In mathematics, a mode of separating a positive whole number into a sum of positive whole numbers. Thus, the partitions of are , and
    • partition To divide by walls or partitions.
    • partition To divide into shares: as, to partition an estate.
    • partition To separate into parts.
    • partition To make a selection of elements possessing a common characteristic: as, to partition a manifold.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Partition par-tish′un act of parting or dividing: state of being divided: separate part: that which divides: a wall between apartments: the place where separation is made
    • v.t Partition to divide into shares: to divide into parts by walls
    • n Partition (gram.) a word denoting a part or partition
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  • John Dryden
    “Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Remembrance and reflection how allied. What thin partitions divides sense from thought.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. partition, L. partitio,. See Part (v.)


In literature:

A partition was extended across near the centre.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
He was already meditating the partition of Poland, and the proposed combination would have been contrary to his policy.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
Spain had been stirred to bitter resentment as news of the Partition Treaty crept abroad.
"History of the English People, Volume VII (of 8)" by John Richard Green
The soil stack should be located on an inside partition.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
There are traces, too, of screens or partitions in the lavatory arches.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Gloucester [2nd ed.]" by H. J. L. J. Massé
These partitions consisted of large panels, and were divided by slender rails the one from the other.
"A World of Girls" by L. T. Meade
These branch and are connected by cross partitions of less prominence.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
There was a half-length partition at the rear to separate the workroom from the showroom.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
The same bell that used to tinkle when I came into the stamp store tinkled in back of the partition when I came in.
"The Gallery" by Roger Phillips Graham
Then without a word to him he stepped around the partition, walked out the door and entered the bank.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
In the eighteenth century partitions were put up, dividing up the gallery into rooms.
"St. John's College, Cambridge" by Robert Forsyth Scott
He might walk through the partition.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
Then we went in and casually sauntered back of the partition.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
The divisions may be effected by more or less elaborate and ornamental wooden partitions.
"The Turkish Bath" by Robert Owen Allsop
Leaning back, he discovered with his head what seemed to be a thick wooden partition close to the barrel.
"The Continental Dragoon" by Robert Neilson Stephens
This is a movable partition by means of which either the mouth or the nose can be completely separated from the throat.
"The Mechanism of the Human Voice" by Emil Behnke
Thus began that partition of China which has been going on ever since.
"Drugging a Nation" by Samuel Merwin
There being only a thin partition between our place and the cabin, the noise woke the captain.
"The Story of a Strange Career" by Anonymous
On this left side of the house the partition between the old dining-room and parlor has been removed to make one large living-room.
"Remodeled Farmhouses" by Mary H. Northend
In the room next to hers, only separated from it by a thin partition, sat the rector and his wife.
"Four Phases of Love" by Paul Heyse

In poetry:

MOSCON. Leaving our partitioned love
In a rather odd dilemma,
For "The Wonderful Magician"
Ask the pardon of its errors.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
And behind their frail partitions
Business women lie and soak,
Seeing through the draughty skylight
Flying clouds and railway smoke.
"Business Girls" by Sir John Betjeman
Take cheer. I'll pass the thin partitions
Right through; yes, like a beam I'll pass,
As image blends into an image,
As one mass splits another mass.
"I would go home again—to rooms..." by Boris Pasternak
Oh, the tane has a daddy is poor and is proud,
And the tither a minnie that cleiks at the goud'.
They lo'ed are anither, and said their say,
But the daddy and minnie hae partit the twae!
"Annie She's Dowie" by George MacDonald
The window weight throbs in its blind
partition. To extinguish what I have of faith.
Yes, light. And it is always
always, always the eternal rainbow
And it is always the day, the farewell day unkind.
"The Visible, The Untrue" by Harold Hart Crane

In news:

65 years after rejecting partition plan, Palestinians celebrate Nov 29 UN vote.
In this Nov 30, 1947 file photo, Jewish people gather in the streets of Tel Aviv, many dancing after the United Nations announcement for a plan of the partition of Palestine and the new Jewish state.
Once you do this, you can resize their partitions .
(Just to be clear, we're not talking about the physical Boot Camp partition that you started with, but rather one you've imported into the virtualization application.
Why Writers Write, Partition 's Villains, and a Serious Inquiry into TomKat: Today's TNR Reader.
The Summit Series 640V Vertical Stacking Partition from Hufcor is designed to offer a fully automated vertical stacking option for standard walls.
In simple terms, short stroking a drive means partitioning it so as to use its highest-performing sectors.
Kosovo PM says negotiations with Serbia must happen, but partition never will.
Your operating system then treats these separate data partitions as separate storage volumes.
After Sudan vote on partition , Obama cannot rest.
Once you've got the two partitions set up, create a restore point--just to be safe.
The loft 's two bathrooms and two bedrooms are separated from the living room and kitchen by partitions.
Now that you've got Windows 7 up and running on your newly partitioned, dual-boot PC, it's time for the next big step in any OS migration : reinstalling your software.
Step one in making a gradual migration to Windows 7 is partitioning your hard drive.
Migrate to Windows 7--Slowly, Part 2: Partitioning Your Drive.

In science:

Although other mentioned partitions are not well-ordered (in the partition into classes of elementary equivalence no order will be defined at all), on these ’coordinate strips’ suitable topologies that turn them in topological compact spaces may be defined as well.
Classification of Banach Spaces --its Topological and Cardinality Properties
In this section we will give some estimates for the various constrained partition functions and partition functions on small spaces for the REM.
Convergence to equilibrium for finite Markov processes, with application to the Random Energy Model
Let W0 be the set of all irreducible partition words, that is, words that have no proper (nonempty) partition subwords.
Spectral measure of large random Hankel, Markov and Toeplitz matrices
The map λ 7→ fλ from partitions to functions with Lipschitz constant 1 allows one to talk about limit shape of partitions.
The uses of random partitions
There is only one partition of 0, namely the empty partition
The uses of random partitions
The modular transformation exchanges the q → 1 limit with the q → 0 limit in (2.14), which means relating large partitions to small partitions.
The uses of random partitions
Monomial ideals I are naturally indexed by partitions of n, namely, the set {(i, j ), xiy j /∈ I } is, essentially, a diagram of a partition.
The uses of random partitions
While we have proved the theorem for partitions of the finite set [n], the result is easily extended to infinite partitions.
Increments of Random Partitions
Denote P the set of all partitions of nonegative integers, by P+ the set of all partitions of positive integers.
A Conjecture on Hodge Integrals
Denote by + the set of pairs (µ+ , µ− ) ∈ P ×P P 2 = P ×P the set of pairs of partitions, and by P 2 such that µ+ and µ− are not both partitions of 0.
A Conjecture on Hodge Integrals
The remaining vertices are now partitioned by the red chords, in what is clearly a Bn noncrossing partition.
Tamari lattices and noncrossing partitions in type B and beyond
In particular, Reiner defined the noncrossing partitions of type Dn to be the noncrossing partitions of type BD [n] n .
Tamari lattices and noncrossing partitions in type B and beyond
Let π be an exchangeable random partition which is a.s. different from the trivial partition O, and B an infinite subset of N.
The genealogy of self-similar fragmentations with negative index as a continuum random tree
Our primary interest is the analysis of the D- and T -partitions derived from a standard Brownian bridge, and the connections between these random partitions and the asymptotics of random mappings discussed in Section 2.
Two recursive decompositions of Brownian bridge
Note that the normalization in (35) involves ΣX and its αth power, both for the D-partition and for the T -partition.
Two recursive decompositions of Brownian bridge