Partition vs Baffle - What's the difference?

partition | baffle |


As nouns the difference between partition and baffle

is that partition is partition (section of a hard disk separately formatted) while baffle is a device used to dampen the effects of such things as sound, light, or fluid specifically, a baffle is a surface which is placed inside an open area to inhibit direct motion from one part to another, without preventing motion altogether.

As a verb baffle is

(obsolete) to publicly disgrace, especially of a recreant knight.

partition

Noun

(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.

    Synonyms

    * dismemberment

    Derived terms

    * equipartition

    Verb

    (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

    baffle

    English

    Verb

    (baffl)
  • (obsolete) To publicly disgrace, especially of a recreant knight.
  • * 1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , VI.7:
  • He by the heeles him hung upon a tree, / And baffuld so, that all which passed by / The picture of his punishment might see […].
  • (obsolete) To hoodwink or deceive (someone).
  • (Barrow)
  • To bewilder completely; to confuse or perplex.
  • I am baffled by the contradictions and omissions in the instructions.
  • * Prescott
  • calculations so difficult as to have baffled , until within a recent period, the most enlightened nations
  • * John Locke
  • The mere intricacy of a question should not baffle us.
  • * Cowper
  • the art that baffles time's tyrannic claim
  • * South
  • a suitable scripture ready to repel and baffle them all
  • To struggle in vain.
  • A ship baffles with the winds.

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A device used to dampen the effects of such things as sound, light, or fluid. Specifically, a baffle is a surface which is placed inside an open area to inhibit direct motion from one part to another, without preventing motion altogether.
  • Tanker trucks use baffles to keep the liquids inside from sloshing around.
  • An architectural feature designed to confuse enemies or make them vulnerable.