- The definition of a part is a portion or division of something.
- An example of a part is a slice of pie.
- An example of a part is a transmission for a car.
- To part is defined as to divide something up or to separate.
- An example of to part is to slice up a pumpkin pie.
- An example of to part is for a couple to break up.
This transmission is part of a car.
- a portion or division of a whole; specif.,
- any of several equal portions, quantities, numbers, pieces, etc. of which something is composed or into which it can be divided: a cent is a 100th part of a dollar
- an essential element or constituent; integral portion which can be separated, replaced, etc.: automobile parts
- a portion detached or cut from a whole; fragment; piece
- a certain amount but not all: to lose part of one's fortune
- a certain amount or section regarded as a separate division
- a segment or organ of the body of men and animals
- a division of a literary work
- Math. an aliquot part
- a portion assigned or given; share; specif.,
- something a person must do; share of work or duty: to do one's part
- interest or concern: to have some part in a matter
- talent; ability: a man of parts
- a character or role in a theatrical presentation; also, the words, actions, etc. of a character in a play
- Music the score for a particular voice or instrument in a concerted piece; also, any of the voices or instruments in a musical ensemble
- a region; area
- a portion of a country; district
- one of the different sides or parties in a transaction, dispute, conflict, etc.
- ☆ the dividing line formed by combing the hair in different directions
Origin of partMiddle English ; from Old English and amp; Old French both ; from Classical Latin pars (gen. partis) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form per-, to sell, hand over in sale, make equal from source Classical Latin par, equal, parare, to equate
- to break or divide into separate parts
- to comb (the hair) in different directions so as to leave a dividing line
- to break up (a connection or relationship) by separating those involved
- to separate (two or more persons or things); break or hold apart
- to separate (substances) as by a chemical process
- Archaic to distribute; share; apportion
- Naut. to break or undergo the breaking of (a hawser, chain, etc.)
Origin of partME parten < OFr partir < L partire, to divide, separate < the n.
- to break or divide into two or more pieces
- to separate and go different ways, as branches of a river
- to separate; leave each other; cease associating
- to go away; leave; depart: with from
- to die
for one's part
for the most part
in good part
- generally; mostly
on the part of someone
- as far as someone is concerned
- by or coming from someone
play a part
- to behave unnaturally in an attempt to deceive
- to participate or sharealso take part
take someone's part
- A portion, division, piece, or segment of a whole.
- Any of several equal portions or fractions that can constitute a whole or into which a whole can be divided: a mixture of two parts flour to one part sugar.
- A division of a book or artistic work such as a film: a novel in three parts.
- a. An organ, member, or other division of an organism: A tail is not a part of a guinea pig.b. parts The external genitals.
- A component that can be separated from or attached to a system; a detachable piece: spare parts for cars.
- often parts A region, area, land, or territory: “Minding your own business is second nature in these parts” (Boston).
- a. A role: He has the main part in the play.b. One's responsibility, duty, or obligation; share: We each do our part to keep the house clean.c. parts Abilities or talents: a person of many parts.
- Music a. The music or score for a particular instrument, as in an orchestra.b. One of the melodic divisions or voices of a contrapuntal composition.
- The line where the hair on the head is parted.
verbpart·ed, part·ing, parts
- a. To cause to move apart; put apart: parted the curtains.b. To divide into two or more parts; split: The ship's prow parted the waves.
- To break up the relationship or association of: A dispute over ownership parted the founders of the business. See Synonyms at separate.
- To comb (hair, for example) away from a dividing line, as on the scalp.
- To go away from; depart from: He parted this life for a better one.
- Archaic To divide into shares or portions.
- a. To be divided or separated: The curtain parted in the middle.b. To move apart: Her lips parted, and she spoke.
- a. To leave one another; take leave: They parted as friends.b. To go away from another; depart: She parted from him at college graduation.c. Archaic To die.
- To separate or divide into ways going in different directions: The road parts about halfway into the forest.
- To disagree or stop associating because of a disagreement: The committee parted over the issue of pay raises for employees.
Origin of partMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin pars, part-; see per&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A portion; a component.
- A fraction of a whole. syn. transl.
- Gaul is divided into three parts.
- A distinct element.
- The parts of a chainsaw include the chain, engine, and handle.
- A group inside a larger group. syn. transl.
- Share, especially of a profit.
- I want my part of the bounty.
- A unit of relative proportion in a mixture.
- The mixture comprises one part sodium hydroxide and ten parts water.
- 3.5 centiliters of one ingredient in a mixed drink.
- A section of a document.
- Please turn to Part I, Chapter 2.
- A section of land; an area of a country or other territory; region.
- (mathematics, dated) A factor.
- 3 is a part of 12.
- A fraction of a whole. syn. transl.
- Duty; responsibility.
- to do one’s part
- Position or role (especially in a play).
- We all have a part to play.
- (music) The melody played or sung by a particular instrument, voice, or group of instruments or voices, within a polyphonic piece.
- The first violin part in this concerto is very challenging.
- Each of two contrasting sides of an argument, debate etc.; "hand".
- (US) The dividing line formed by combing the hair in different directions. syn. transl.
- The part of his hair was slightly to the left.
- (Judaism) In the Hebrew lunisolar calendar, a unit of time equivalent to 3⅓ seconds. syn.
- A constituent of character or capacity; quality; faculty; talent; usually in the plural with a collective sense.
(third-person singular simple present parts, present participle parting, simple past and past participle parted)
- (intransitive) To leave.
- To cut hair with a parting.
- To divide in two.
- to part the curtains
- (intransitive) To be divided in two or separated.
- A rope parts.
- His hair parts in the middle.
- (now rare) To divide up; to share.
- To separate or disunite; to remove from contact or contiguity; to sunder.
- To separate by a process of extraction, elimination, or secretion.
- to part gold from silver
- To leave; to quit.
- (Internet) To leave (an IRC channel).
From Middle English part, from Old English part (“part”) and Old French part (“part”); both from Latin partem, accusative of pars (“piece, portion, share, side, party, faction, role, character, lot, fate, task, lesson, part, member”), from Proto-Indo-European *par-, *per- (“to cut, bore”). Akin to portio (“a portion, part”), parare (“to make ready, prepare”). Displaced Middle English del, dele (“part”) (from Old English dǣl (“part, distribution”)), Middle English dale (“part, portion”) (from Old English dāl (“portion”)), Middle English sliver (“part, portion”) (from Middle English sliven (“to cut, cleave”), from Old English (tō)slīfan (“to split”)).