from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Dividing or serving to divide something into parts; marked by division.
- adj. Grammar Indicating a part as distinct from a whole, as some of the coffee in the sentence She drank some of the coffee.
- n. Grammar A partitive word, such as many or less.
- n. Grammar A partitive construction or case.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. that divides something into parts
- adj. indicating a part rather than the whole of something; e.g. some
- n. a partitive word, phrase or case
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Denoting a part.
- n. A word or phrase expressing partition, or denoting a part.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In grammar, denoting a part; defining a part by expression of the whole to which it belongs; indicating a part as related to a whole: as, the head of a man; a half of it; or,in French, du pain, ‘some bread,’ or ‘of the bread.’
- n. In grammar, a word expressing partition; a distributive.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. indicating or characterized by or serving to create partition or division into parts
- adj. (Romance languages) relating to or denoting a part of a whole or a quantity that is less than the whole
- n. word (such a `some' or `less') that is used to indicate a part as distinct from a whole
- adj. serving to separate or divide into parts
Middle English, from Old French partitif, from Medieval Latin partītīvus, from Latin partītus, past participle of partīre, to divide; see partite.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)