• WordNet 3.6
    • adv part in part; in some degree; not wholly "I felt partly to blame","He was partially paralyzed"
    • v part force, take, or pull apart "He separated the fighting children","Moses parted the Red Sea"
    • v part come apart "The two pieces that we had glued separated"
    • v part leave "The family took off for Florida"
    • v part go one's own way; move apart "The friends separated after the party"
    • v part discontinue an association or relation; go different ways "The business partners broke over a tax question","The couple separated after 25 years of marriage","My friend and I split up"
    • n part the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group "the function of a teacher","the government must do its part","play its role"
    • n part the part played by a person in bringing about a result "I am proud of my contribution in advancing the project","they all did their share of the work"
    • n part something less than the whole of a human artifact "the rear part of the house","glue the two parts together"
    • n part a line of scalp that can be seen when sections of hair are combed in opposite directions "his part was right in the middle"
    • n part that which concerns a person with regard to a particular role or situation "it requires vigilance on our part","they resisted every effort on his part"
    • n part one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole "the written part of the exam","the finance section of the company","the BBC's engineering division"
    • n part an actor's portrayal of someone in a play "she played the part of Desdemona"
    • n part the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music "he tried to sing the tenor part"
    • n part the extended spatial location of something "the farming regions of France","religions in all parts of the world","regions of outer space"
    • n part a portion of a natural object "they analyzed the river into three parts","he needed a piece of granite"
    • n part assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group "he wanted his share in cash"
    • n part something determined in relation to something that includes it "he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself","I read a portion of the manuscript","the smaller component is hard to reach","the animal constituent of plankton"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Plan of a Part Of the Ancient Town Of Kahun Plan of a Part Of the Ancient Town Of Kahun
Part of the Walls Of El-kab on The Northern Side Part of the Walls Of El-kab on The Northern Side
a Part of the Ancient Sacred Lake Of Osiris Near The Temple of Abydos a Part of the Ancient Sacred Lake Of Osiris Near The Temple of Abydos
"The peacock took all her play in good part." "The peacock took all her play in good part."
Part of Caxton's Preface to the 'Recuyell of the Histories of Troye Part of Caxton's Preface to the 'Recuyell of the Histories of Troye
Part of Caxton's Epilogue to the 'Dictes and Sayinges of the Philosophers Part of Caxton's Epilogue to the 'Dictes and Sayinges of the Philosophers

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are six million parts in the Boeing 747-400.
    • Part A constituent of character or capacity; quality; faculty; talent; -- usually in the plural with a collective sense.
    • Part A constituent portion of a living or spiritual whole; a member; an organ; an essential element.
    • Part A particular character in a drama or a play; an assumed personification; also, the language, actions, and influence of a character or an actor in a play; or, figuratively, in real life; as, to play the part of Macbeth. See To act a part, under Act.
    • Part An equal constituent portion; one of several or many like quantities, numbers, etc., into which anything is divided, or of which it is composed; proportional division or ingredient.
    • Part One of the different melodies of a concerted composition, which heard in union compose its harmony; also, the music for each voice or instrument; as, the treble, tenor, or bass part; the violin part, etc.
    • Part One of the opposing parties or sides in a conflict or a controversy; a faction.
    • Part One of the portions, equal or unequal, into which anything is divided, or regarded as divided; something less than a whole; a number, quantity, mass, or the like, regarded as going to make up, with others, a larger number, quantity, mass, etc., whether actually separate or not; a piece; a fragment; a fraction; a division; a member; a constituent. "And kept back part of the price, . . . and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles'feet.""Our ideas of extension and number -- do they not contain a secret relation of the parts ?""I am a part of all that I have met."
    • adv Part Partly; in a measure.
    • Part Quarter; region; district; -- usually in the plural.
    • Part Such portion of any quantity, as when taken a certain number of times, will exactly make that quantity; as, 3 is a part of 12;the opposite of multiple. Also, a line or other element of a geometrical figure.
    • Part That which belongs to one, or which is assumed by one, or which falls to one, in a division or apportionment; share; portion; lot; interest; concern; duty; office. "We have no part in David.""Accuse not Nature! she hath done her part ;
      Do thou but thine."
      "Let me bear
      My part of danger with an equal share."
    • Part To be broken or divided into parts or pieces; to break; to become separated; to go asunder; as, rope parts; his hair parts in the middle.
    • Part To divide into shares; to divide and distribute; to allot; to apportion; to share. "To part his throne, and share his heaven with thee.""They parted my raiment among them."
    • Part To divide; to separate into distinct parts; to break into two or more parts or pieces; to sever. "Thou shalt part it in pieces.""There, [celestial love parted into rainbow hues."
    • Part To go away; to depart; to take leave; to quit each other; hence, to die; -- often with from. "He wrung Bassanio's hand, and so they parted .""He owned that he had parted from the duke only a few hours before.""His precious bag, which he would by no means part from."
    • Part To have a part or share; to partake. "They shall part alike."
    • Part To hold apart; to stand between; to intervene betwixt, as combatants. "The stumbling night did part our weary powers."
    • Part To leave; to quit. "Since presently your souls must part your bodies."
    • Part To perform an act of parting; to relinquish a connection of any kind; -- followed by with or from; as, to part with one's money. "Celia, for thy sake, I part With all that grew so near my heart.""Powerful hands . . . will not part Easily from possession won with arms.""It was strange to him that a father should feel no tenderness at parting with an only son."
    • Part To separate (a collection of objects) into smaller collections; as, to part one's hair in the middle.
    • Part To separate by a process of extraction, elimination, or secretion; as, to part gold from silver. "The liver minds his own affair, . . .
      And parts and strains the vital juices."
    • Part To separate or disunite; to cause to go apart; to remove from contact or contiguity; to sunder. "The Lord do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me.""While he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.""The narrow seas that part The French and English."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Apples are part of the rose family
    • n part A separate division, fraction, or fragment of a whole; a section or division; a piece: as, a part of the money; a part of the true cross.
    • n part A division of a thing not separated in reality, but considered or mentioned by itself: as, the younger part of the community.
    • n part In mathematics, an exact divisor: as, three is the fourth part of twelve: the opposite of multiple, though divisor is the preferable correlative; an equal constituent portion; one of several or many equal quantities into which a thing may be divided.
    • n part An organic or essential element; a constituent division of a whole; a member; an organ: as, a vital part; the hinder parts of an animal.
    • n part In music: One of the voices or instruments involved in the production of a concerted piece or passage.
    • n part The melody or succession of tones intended for one of the voices or instruments in a harmonic or concerted piece; a voice-part.
    • n part The written or printed score which a single performer uses in the performance of concerted music: as, a horn part; to write out in parts. All harmonic music is more or less fully conceived as made up of two or more voice-parts or independent melodies which are simultaneously combined. Except in the case of music written for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or the organ (and frequently there also), a composition is largely analyzed with reference to the skill and correctness with which the parts are combined with one another. See part-writing.
    • n part Individual share; portion; moiety.
    • n part Interest; concern; share.
    • n part Share of action or influence; allotted duty; function, office, or business: as, to take an active part in public affairs.
    • n part The character assigned to an actor in a play or other like performance; a rôle; also, the words spoken by an actor in such a character.
    • n part Share of ability, mental endowment, or acquirement; in the plural, abilities; powers; facultis; talents; accomplishments.
    • n part Side or party, or the cause or interest represented by one side or party; cause: as, to take one's part; for my part, I object.
    • n part Region; quarter; place; spot.
    • n part State; condition; plight.
    • n part Act; action; conduct.
    • n part [⟨part, verb] The parting of the hair.
    • n part In grammar, one of certain leading parts of a verb-system, from which, when given, the rest can be inferred.
    • n part Synonyms Part, Piece, Section, Portion, Share, Division. Part is the general word for that which is less than the whole: as, the whole is equal to the sum of all its parts. Piece is a part taken from a whole: as, a piece of meat; the dish was broken or the tree was torn to pieces. Section is a part cut off, or viewed as cut off, from the rest: as, a section of land, of the party. Portion is often used in a stilted way where part, would be simpler and better; portion has always some suggestion of allotment or assignment: as, this is my portion; a portion of Scripture; “Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me” (Luke x v. 12). Share is still more suggestive of the person connected with the matter: as. his share in the work; his portion of his father's estate was $100,000,and he insisted upon receiving his share at once. A division is one of two or more parts made by design, the parts still remaining connected: as, a division of an army or a fleet, of a subject, of a country. See particle.
    • n part Abilities, Gifts, Talents, etc. See genius.
    • part To divide; separate or break into parts or pieces; sever.
    • part To divide into shares; distribute in parts.
    • part To cause to separate; cause to go different ways; separate; sunder.
    • part Specifically, to comb (the hair) away from a dividing line or parting; arrange (the hair) by dividing it more or less symmetrically.
    • part To draw or hold apart; separate by intervening: as, to part combatants.
    • part Nautical, to break or rend; suffer the breaking of: as, the ship parted her cable.
    • part To leave; quit; depart from.
    • part To mix; mingle.
    • part Synonyms To sever, issever, sunder, dismember, tear asunder, disjoin, disconnect, disunite.
    • part To become separated or detached; stand, fall, or move apart; separate; divide: as, her lips parted; our routes parted.
    • part To break; give way; become rent, severed, or detached: as, the cable parted.
    • part To let go; relinquish; give up: with with or from: as, the miser will not part with his money.
    • part To go away; depart; set out; leave; retire:with from or with, to take leave of; bid farewell to.
    • part To take part or have a share; share; partake.
    • part Partly; partially; in some measure.
    • part Technically, in assaying, to separate (silver from its alloy with gold) by dissolving out (the silver) with nitric acid.
    • part To give up; part with; pay (money); shell out: as, he parted well.
    • part An abbreviation of participle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are over 200 parts in a typical telephone
    • n Part pärt something less than the whole: a portion: a quantity or number making up with others a larger quantity or number: a fraction: a member or essential part of a whole: a proportional quantity: one's share: interest: side or party: action: character taken by an actor in a play: : :
    • v.t Part to divide: to make into parts: to put or keep asunder
    • v.i Part to be separated: to be torn asunder: to have a part or share
    • n Part pärt (math.) a quantity which taken a certain number of times will equal a larger quantity: an exact divisor
    • n Part pärt (mus.) one of the melodies of a harmony
    • n Part pärt (pl.) qualities: talents
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Parting is such sweet sorrow.”
  • Samuel Goldwyn
    “I read part of it all the way through.”
  • David Harold Fink
    David Harold Fink
    “When we become a part of anything, it becomes a part of us.”
  • Seneca
    “It is part of the cure to wish to be cured.”
  • Paul Erlich
    Paul Erlich
    “The first rule to tinkering is to save all the parts.”
  • Willard Gibbs
    Willard Gibbs
    “The whole is simpler than the sum of its parts.”


A fool and his money are soon parted - This idiom means that people who aren't careful with their money spend it quickly. 'A fool and his money are easily parted' is an alternative form of the idiom.
Bit part - If someone has a small or unimportant role in something, they have a bit part.
Discretion is the better part of valour - This idiom means that it is often better to think carefully and not act than to do something that may cause problems.
Man of parts - A man of parts is a person who is talented in a number of different areas or ways.
Part and parcel - If something is part and parcel of your job, say, it is an essential and unavoidable part that has to be accepted.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. part, L. pars, gen. partis,; cf. parere, to bring forth, produce. Cf. Parent Depart Parcel Partner Party Portion
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. pars, partis.


In literature:

Other toys of various kinds were partly bought, partly made by the children themselves on growing older.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
That wonderful actor loved the society of children, partly from good nature, and partly from vanity.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Why does so much time elapse between Part I. and Part II.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
The soil, in some parts, consists of yellow clay mixed with gravel: in other parts it is sandy.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
Thus the direction and nature of the fracture play an important part.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Take off the covers, open every door, and examine every part.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
As a warrior of God he could be part of that, and not the least part.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
In the early part of the war, however, events moved rapidly and not exactly to her liking.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
Partly pride, partly laziness; you cannot understand them.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Lead peroxide is also a solid, and is made up of one part of lead, and two parts of oxygen.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte

In poetry:

Thou hast indeed the better part,
The part will fail thee never:
Thy Husband's hand, thy Husband's heart,
Thy Husband's all for ever.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
The last time I stood by this river,
The sun was just sinking to rest ;
I parted — and parted for ever,
From the maiden I clasp'd to my breast.
"The last time I stood" by Mary Anne Browne
Ah, poor Louise! Thy treasure's reft!
I know not if by force or theft,
Or part by violence, part by gift; But misery is all that's left
To poor Louise.
"The Lay of Poor Louise" by Sir Walter Scott
There are two Souls, whose equal flow
In gentle stream so calmly run,
That when they part—-they part?—-ah no!
They cannot part—-those Souls are One.
"Stanzas To Jessy" by Lord George Gordon Byron
But Reputation said: "If once we sever,
Our chance of future meeting is but vain:
Who parts from me, must look to part for ever,
For Reputation lost comes not again."
"Love, Death, And Reputation" by Charles Lamb
Wherefore, friend,--for friend thou art,--
Should I wrong thee thus and grieve?
Wherefore push thee from my heart?
Of my morning thou wert part;
Be a part too of my eve.
"My Birthday" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

Part bar, part ice house .
This week the Alaskan Way Viaduct is closed so crews can demolish parts of the roadway and begin work on the new tunnel which will someday run under parts of downtown Seattle.
Part one of a three-part series.
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 7.
Well, actually it was the spring and part of the summer since we script and record parts of these programs well in advance–to help your radio station's programming.
1 Part Balsamic Vinegar + 1 Part Whiskey = Steak Marinade.
Part two of a two-part series.
Part one of a two-part series.
It's part ATM, part robocop.
This is Part II of a two part column.
This is Part 1 of a two part column.
PLI developed using parts aftermarket sales from a tier-one CV components and parts supplier with a broad product line.
Terrafugia's Transition part-car, part-airplane took its first test flight, lasting 37 seconds.
Extreme competition is part 'Survivor,' part Navy SEALs, part 'Jackass.
It's taken me years to be able to discuss the making of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, partly because I needed to move past it and partly because I had forgotten the process of getting it built.

In science:

Type ρ, which is a part of some τi under a path w, is said to be a part of τ under wa. A delayed argument of τ is a part of τ under a path of the form ak for an odd k .
Retractions of Types with Many Atoms
As is well known that the torsion tensor can be decomposed into three parts tracless part, vector part and the axial vector part .
General Spherically Symmetric Non Singular Black Hole Solutions in Teleparallel Theory of Gravitation
Without loss of generality we may assume not only that µ ≤ λ in Y, but also that µ has strictly fewer parts than λ and that the largest part of µ is strictly smaller than the largest part of λ.
Correction to a theorem of Schoenberg
The extended part is partitioned into the control part in Esterel and the interface part in C/C++.
EPspectra: A Formal Toolkit for Developing DSP Software Applications
The topological part is the integer part of W r 2 and the geometric part is the fractional part of W r 2 .
DNA Elasticity : Topology of Self-Avoidance