Definition of Compartment

1. Noun. A space into which an area is subdivided.

Specialized synonyms: Cell, Cubbyhole, Pigeonhole, Call Box, Letter Box, Po Box, Pob, Post-office Box
Generic synonyms: Space
Derivative terms: Compartmentalise, Compartmentalize

2. Noun. A partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area.

Definition of Compartment

1. n. One of the parts into which an inclosed portion of space is divided, as by partitions, or lines; as, the compartments of a cabinet, a house, or a garden.

Definition of Compartment

1. Noun. A room, or section, or chamber ¹

2. Noun. One of the parts in which an area is subdivided. ¹

3. Noun. (biochemistry) Part of a protein that serves a specific function. ¹

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Definition of Compartment

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Compartment

1. In the insect wing, for example: there are two compartments, anterior and posterior, each containing several clones, but clones do not cross the boundary. It seems from studies with homoeotic mutants that cells in different compartments are expressing different sets of genes. The evidence for such developmental compartments in vertebrates is sparse at present. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Compartment

comparison shop
comparison shopper
comparison shopping
compartment (current term)
compartment pressure
compartment syndrome
compartment syndromes
compartmental model
compartmental syndrome

Literary usage of Compartment

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1913)
"compartment A is for cervical pressure and compartment В for pressure on the lower ... Tube С is for filling compartment A, and tube D, which runs directly ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"From this the mean velocity in each compartment and the discharge can be calculated. ... By observing within which compartment the path of the float lies, ..."

3. Transactions of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and (1885)
"As the materials melt they will, by virtue of their increasing gravity, accumulate in the bottom of the compartment in such manner that the perfectly melted ..."

4. Manual of Forestry by William Schlich (1905)
"The unit of that division is the compartment. A number of compartments are grouped together into cutting series, and a number of the latter form the working ..."

5. Lumber, Its Manufacture and Distribution by Ralph Clement Bryant (1922)
"Dry kilns may be operated as progressive or compartment kilns. ... In the compartment type of kiln, the entire charge remains in the chamber until it is ..."

6. The Science Record edited by Alfred Ely Beach (1873)
"compartment c there is a flat cast-iron pot, with a socket in ... This compartment is arched over with USE OF SULPHUROUS ACID IN DISTILLERIES. brick. ..."

7. The Journal of Anatomy and Physiology by Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1886)
"The 5th compartment was somewhat smaller than the 4th. ... It communicated with the 6th compartment by an orifice surrounded by a valvular fold, ..."

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