Generally, a partition is a splitting of something into parts. The term is used in a variety of senses:


*Partition (law), to divide up a piece of land into separate portions representing the proportionate interests of the tenants. It may also consist of dividing a property with common ownership into identifiable individual ownership


* Disk partitioning organisation of a disk on PC systems
* RTOS or IMA partitioning: In the case of Integrated Modular Avionics and the use of Real-Time Operating Systems, there are at least four types of partitioning often required: spatial partitioning, temporal partitioning, control partitioning and resource partitioning. Using these techniques, high integrity processes are protected from other, or low integrity, processes.
* Partition (database) division of a database into parts
* Logical partition division of a physical memory into protected areas


* List of partition topics
* Partition of a set, a collection of non-empty subsets such that every element belongs to one and only one of the subsets
* Partition (number theory), a way to write a positive integer as a sum of other positive integers; the partition function gives the number of different ways to partition a number
* Multiplicative partition, a way to write an integer greater than 1 as a product of other integers that are also greater than 1.
* Partition problem, an NP-complete problem: given a set of integers, can the set be partitioned into two subsets with equal sums?
* A partition of unity is a set of functions whose sum is the constant function
* Partition of an interval, used in the theory of the Riemann integral and the Riemann-Stieltjes integral


* Partition (music) — a method of creating segments from sets when the twelve-tone technique is used


*"Partition" (film)
*"Partition" (1987 film)


* Partition function (statistical mechanics)
* Partition function (quantum field theory)

Political geography

* Partition (politics)

Notable examples are:
* Partitions of Poland and Poland-Lithuania in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries
* 1905 Partition of Bengal and 1947 Partition of Bengal
* Partition of India (colonial British India) in 1947 into the independent dominions (later republics) of India and Pakistan (which included modern day Bangladesh)
* Partition of Punjab in 1966 into the states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh
* Partition of Pakistan in 1971, when East Pakistan became the independent nation of Bangladesh after the Bangladesh Liberation War
* 1947 UN Partition Plan for Palestine (region)
* Partition of Ireland in 1920 into the independent Irish Free State and (British) Northern Ireland
* Treaty of Kars of 1921, which partitioned Ottoman Armenia between the republic of Turkey and the then Soviet Union (Western and Eastern Armenia)
* Partition of Vietnam in 1954
* Partitions of Luxembourg, last in 1838 into Duchy of Luxembourg and Belgian province
* The hypothetical partition of the Canadian province of Quebec


* Office partitions, which may be used to form cubicles
* Folding screens such as Byōbu
* Industrial partitions generally constructed of wire mesh panels. These wire partitions are used to separate and/or secure different zones within an industrial manufacturing or distribution facility.

See also

*Division (disambiguation)

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