AskDefine | Define compartment

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1 a small space or subdivision for storage
2 a partitioned section or separate room within a larger enclosed area

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First attested 1564, from compartiment, from Italian compartimento, from compartiri "to divide," from com- + part.


  • AHD: [kəm-pärtmənt]


  1. A room, or section, or chamber
  2. One of the parts in which an area is subdivided.


part into which an area is subdivided

Extensive Definition

Compartment may mean:

In biology

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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