Meaning of “compartment” in the English Dictionary

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"compartment" in British English

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compartmentnoun [ C ]

uk /kəmˈpɑːt.mənt/ us /kəmˈpɑːrt.mənt/

one of the separate areas inside a vehicle, especially a train:

a first-class compartment

a separate part of a piece of furniture, equipment, or a container with a particular purpose:

a fridge with a small freezer compartment
the sleeping/inner compartment in a tent

specialized medical a section in the body that contains muscles and nerves and is surrounded by connective tissue:

The knee joint is composed of three compartments and ligaments that stabilize the joint.

(Definition of “compartment” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"compartment" in American English

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compartmentnoun [ C ]

us /kəmˈpɑrt·mənt/

any of the enclosed parts into which a space, a vehicle, or an object used for storing things is divided:

She folded her coat and put it in the overhead luggage compartment.

(Definition of “compartment” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)