Chapter vs Partition - What's the difference?

chapter | partition |

As nouns the difference between chapter and partition

is that chapter is one of the main sections into which the text of a book is divided while partition is partition (section of a hard disk separately formatted).

As a verb chapter

is to divide into chapters.



Alternative forms

* chaptre (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • One of the main sections into which the text of a book is divided.
  • :
  • *
  • *:At her invitation he outlined for her the succeeding chapters with terse military accuracy?; and what she liked best and best understood was avoidance of that false modesty which condescends, turning technicality into pabulum.
  • A section of a social or religious body.
  • #An administrative division of an organization, usually local to a specific area.
  • #An assembly of monks, or of the prebends and other clergymen connected with a cathedral, conventual, or collegiate church, or of a diocese, usually presided over by the dean.
  • #A community of canons or canonesses.
  • #A bishop's council.
  • #An organized branch of some society or fraternity, such as the Freemasons.
  • #:(Robertson)
  • #A meeting of certain organized societies or orders.
  • #A chapter house.
  • #:(Burrill)
  • A sequence (of events), especially when presumed related and likely to continue.
  • *1866 , (Wilkie Collins), , Book the Last, Chapter I,
  • *:"You know that Mr. Armadale is alive," pursued the doctor, "and you know that he is coming back to England. Why do you continue to wear your widow's dress?" ¶ She answered him without an instant's hesitation, steadily going on with her work. ¶ "Because I am of a sanguine disposition, like you. I mean to trust to the chapter of accidents to the very last. Mr. Armadale may die yet, on his way home."
  • *1911 , (Bram Stoker), , Ch.26,
  • *:she determined to go on slowly towards Castra Regis, and trust to the chapter of accidents to pick up the trail again.
  • A decretal epistle.
  • :(Ayliffe)
  • (lb) A location or compartment.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • *:In his bosom! In what chapter of his bosom?
  • Derived terms

    * chapter and verse * chapter house * to the end of the chapter

    See also

    * overarching


    (en verb)
  • To divide into chapters.
  • To put into a chapter.
  • To use administrative procedure to remove someone.
  • * 2001 , John Palmer Hawkins, Army of Hope, Army of Alienation: Culture and Contradiction in the American Army Communities of Cold War Germany , page 117,
  • If you're a single parent [soldier] and you can't find someone to take care of your children, they will chapter you out [administrative elimination from the service]. And yet if you use someone not certified, they get mad.
  • * 2006 , Thomas R. Schombert, Diaries of a Soldier: Nightmares from Within , page 100,
  • "He also wanted me to give you a message. He said that if you don't get your shit ready for this deployment, then he will chapter you out of his freakin' army."


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    (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