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What does partition mean?

Looking for the meaning or definition of the word partition? Here's what it means.

  1. An action which divides a thing into parts, or separates one thing from another.
  2. A part of something that has been divided.
  3. (mathematics) An approach to division in which one asks what the size of each part is, rather than (as in quotition) how many parts there are.
  4. The division of a territory into two or more autonomous ones.
  5. A vertical structure that divides a room.
  6. That which divides or separates; that by which different things, or distinct parts of the same thing, are separated; boundary; dividing line or space.
  7. A part divided off by walls; an apartment; a compartment.
  8. (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.
  9. (computing) A section of a hard disk separately formatted.
  10. (databases) A division of a database or one of its constituting elements such as tables into separate independent parts.
  11. (set theory) A collection of non-empty, disjoint subsets of a set whose union is the set itself (i.e. all elements of the set are contained in exactly one of the subsets).
  12. (music) A musical score.
  1. To divide something into parts, sections or shares
  2. To divide a region or country into two or more territories with separate political status
  3. To separate or divide a room by a partition (ex. a wall), often use with off
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