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(especially with reference to a country with separate areas of government) the action or state of dividing or being divided into parts:the country’s partition into separate states a structure dividing a space into two parts, especially a light interior wall. Chemistry the distribution of a solute between two immiscible or slightly miscible solvents in contact with one another, in accordance with its differing solubility in each. Computing each of a number of portions into which some operating systems divide memory or storage.
verb [with object]
divide into parts:an agreement was reached to partition the country divide (a room) into smaller rooms or areas by erecting partitions:the hall was partitioned to contain the noise of the computers
(partition something off
) separate a part of a room from the rest by erecting a partition:partition off part of a large bedroom to create a small bathroom