Partition vs Array - What's the difference?

partition | array |

As nouns the difference between partition and array

is that partition is partition (section of a hard disk separately formatted) while array is clothing and ornamentation.

As a verb array is

to clothe and ornament; to adorn or attire.



(en noun)
  • An action which divides a thing into parts, or separates one thing from another.
  • * Shakespeare
  • And good from bad find no partition .
  • A part of something that has been divided.
  • The division of a territory into two or more autonomous ones.
  • ''Monarchies where partition isn't prohibited risk weakening trough parcellation and civil wars between the heirs
  • A vertical structure that divides a room.
  • a brick partition'''; lath and plaster '''partitions
  • That which divides or separates; that by which different things, or distinct parts of the same thing, are separated; boundary; dividing line or space.
  • * Dryden
  • No sight could pass / Betwixt the nice partitions of the grass.
  • A part divided off by walls; an apartment; a compartment.
  • * Milton
  • Lodged in a small partition .
  • (legal) The severance of common or undivided interests, particularly in real estate. It may be effected by consent of parties, or by compulsion of law.
  • (computing) A section of a hard disk separately formatted.
  • (databases) A division of a database or one of its constituting elements such as tables into separate independent parts.
  • (set theory) A collection of non-empty, disjoint subsets of a set whose union is the set itself (i.e. all elements of the set are contained in exactly one of the subsets).
  • (music) A musical score.
  • Usage notes

    * (set theory) The elements of the collection are sometimes called the blocks or parts of the partition.


    * dismemberment

    Derived terms

    * equipartition


    (en verb) (transitive)
  • To divide something into parts, sections or shares
  • To divide a region or country into two or more territories with separate political status
  • To separate or divide a room by a partition (ex. a wall), often use with off
  • Synonyms

    * dismember

    Derived terms

    * partitioner * partitionist




    (en noun)
  • Clothing and ornamentation.
  • (Dryden)
  • A collection laid out to be viewed in full.
  • An orderly series, arrangement or sequence.
  • * Prescott
  • a gallant array of nobles and cavaliers
  • Order; a regular and imposing arrangement; disposition in regular lines; hence, order of battle.
  • drawn up in battle array
  • * Gibbon
  • wedged together in the closest array
  • A large collection.
  • * Byron
  • their long array of sapphire and of gold
    We offer a dazzling array of choices.
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  • (programming) Any of various data structures designed to hold multiple elements of the same type; especially , a data structure that holds these elements in adjacent memory locations so that they may be retrieved using numeric indices.
  • (legal) A ranking or setting forth in order, by the proper officer, of a jury as impanelled in a cause; the panel itself; or the whole body of jurors summoned to attend the court.
  • (military) A militia.
  • Usage notes

    * (any of various data structures) The exact usage of the term , and of related terms, generally depends on the programming language. For example, many languages distinguish a fairly low-level "array" construct from a higher-level "list" or "vector" construct. Some languages distinguish between an "array" and a variety of "associative array"; others have only the latter concept, calling it an "array".

    Derived terms

    * * * * *


    * (orderly series) disarray

    See also

    * (any of various data structures) ones-based indexing, zero-based indexing


  • To clothe and ornament; to adorn or attire
  • He was arrayed in his finest robes and jewels.
  • To lay out in an orderly arrangement; to deploy or marshal
  • (legal) To set in order, as a jury, for the trial of a cause; that is, to call them one at a time.
  • (Blackstone)