Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To divide into parts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To divide and share with others.
  • v. To divide into smaller parts; to divide into compartments.
  • v. To arrange or lay out according to a plan, with due distribution and disposition of parts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To divide; to mark out into parts or subdivisions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To divide; mark out into parts or subdivisions.
  • n. A part existing along with others; an element; a fellow-member; a part.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. lay out in parts according to a plan

Etymologies

Obsolete French compartir, from Italian compartire, from Late Latin compartīrī, to share : Latin com-, com- + Latin partīrī, to divide (from pars, part-, a part; see perə-2 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Although it was three or four metres away from him, he could see that the cage was divided lengthways into two compart ments, and that there was some kind of creature in each.

    Inspiration

  • As she's saying the last sentence, there's a distinct force in the compart -

    Mother Of Storms

  • Slavsky liked the compart -- ment door to be open when we weren't sleeping or changing our clothes, and I didn't argue because I wasn't there for most of the time.

    Quiller Meridian

  • With keenest anticipation, the current ruler of the compart intended to correct this oversight.

    Shadowfane

  • All in the compart were aware that the wizards at Mhored Kara conscripted paranormally gifted children for training.

    Shadowfane

  • That humanity might share the fate of Shadow-fane's compart as a result left guilt that could never be assuaged.

    Shadowfane

  • Scait already knew that no force possessed by the compart was capable of destroying it; memories-of-ancestors ascertained this fact beyond doubt.

    Shadowfane

  • Only dust remained of the compart that had hated and plotted vengeance through the centuries since Cor-inne Dane's luckless wreck.

    Shadowfane

  • Farree swung off the bunk, reached in to one of the compart - ments below.

    Flight in Yiktor

  • Screens, some woven of feathers and others of still flowering vines, cut the space about the walls into various alcoves and compart - ments.

    Three Against The Witch World

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