1. One who, or that which, divides; that which separates anything into parts.
2. One who deals out to each his share.
3. One who, or that which, causes division.
4. An instrument for dividing lines, describing circles, etc., such as compasses.
ETYM French partition, Latin partitio. Related to Part.
A vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another); SYN. divider.
Division of a country into two or more nations. Ireland was divided into Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic under the Government of Ireland Act 1920. The division of the Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan took place in 1947. Other examples of partition include Korea 1953 and Vietnam 1954.