A division of a hard drive. Each partition is sort of like a seperate hard drive. Why would you want to break up your hard drive? Each partition can have a seperate OS and/or file system. So you could make a dual-boot Linux/Windows system, for example.

A partition of a set S is a set of nonempty mutually disjoint subsets of S such that their union is S. Each element of a partition is called a cell or equivalence class. Each partition of S uniquely determines and is uniquely determined by a particular equivalence relation on S.

Par*ti"tion (?), n. [F. partition, L. partitio. See Part, v.]


The act of parting or dividing; the state of being parted; separation; division; distribution; as, the partition of a kingdom.

And good from bad find no partition. Shak.


That which divides or separates; that by which different things, or distinct parts of the same thing, are separated; separating boundary; dividing line or space; specifically, an interior wall dividing one part or apartment of a house, an inclosure, or the like, from another; as, a brick partition; lath and plaster partitions.

No sight could pass Betwixt the nice partitions of the grass. Dryden.


A part divided off by walls; an apartment; a compartment.

[R.] "Lodged in a small partition."


4. Law.

The servance of common or undivided interests, particularly in real estate. It may be effected by consent of parties, or by compulsion of law.

5. Mus.

A score.

Partition of numbers Math., the resolution of integers into parts subject to given conditions.

Brande & C.


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Par*ti"tion (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Partitioned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Partitioning.]


To divide into parts or shares; to divide and distribute; as, to partition an estate among various heirs.


To divide into distinct parts by lines, walls, etc.; as, to partition a house.

Uniform without, though severally partitioned within. Bacon.


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