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compartment

[kuh m-pahrt-muh nt] /kəmˈpɑrt mənt/
noun
1.
a part or space marked or partitioned off.
2.
a separate room, section, etc.:
a baggage compartment.
3.
U.S. Railroads. a private bedroom with toilet facilities.
4.
a separate aspect, function, or the like:
the compartments of the human mind.
5.
Architecture. a distinct major division of a design.
6.
Heraldry. a decorative base, as a grassy mound, on which the supporters of an escutcheon stand or rest.
verb (used with object)
7.
to divide into compartments.
Origin of compartment
1555-1565
1555-65; < Middle French compartiment < Italian compartimento. See compart, -ment
Synonyms
1. division, section. 1, 2. See apartment.
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compartment

/kəmˈpɑːtmənt/
noun
1.
one of the sections into which an area, esp an enclosed space, is divided or partitioned
2.
any separate part or section: a compartment of the mind
3.
a small storage space; locker
Derived Forms
compartmental (ˌkɒmpɑːtˈmɛntəl) adjective
compartmentally, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from French compartiment, ultimately from Late Latin compartīrī to share, from Latin com- with + partīrī to apportion, from parspart
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Word Origin and History for compartment
n.

1560s, from Middle French compartiment "part partitioned off" (16c.), through Italian compartimento, from Late Latin compartiri "to divide," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + partis, genitive of pars "part" (see part (n.)).

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