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1a separate section or part of something, in particular. a division of a railroad car marked by partitions:a first-class compartment a section of a container in which certain items can be kept separate from others:there’s some ice cream in the freezer compartment a watertight section of a ship:the aft cargo compartment an area in which something can be considered in isolation from other things:religion and politics should be kept in different compartments 2 Heraldry a grassy mound or other support depicted below a shield.
verb [with object] (usually be compartmented)
divide (something) into separate parts or sections:the buildings are to be compartmented by fire walls