partition NOUN 1) a structure dividing a space into parts, especially a light interior wall. 2) division into parts, especially the division of a country into self-governing parts.
VERB 1) divide into parts. 2) divide or separate (a room or part of a room) with a partition.
DERIVATIVES partitionist noun.
ORIGIN Latin, from partiri 'divide into parts' .

English terms dictionary. 2015.