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1. 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.

2. 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. (Shak) He owned that he had parted from the duke only a few hours before. (Macaulay) His precious bag, which he would by no means part from. (g. Eliot)

3. To perform an act of parting; to relinquish a connection of any kind; followed by with or from. Celia, for thy sake, i part With all that grew so near my heart. (waller) Powerful hands . . . Will not part Easily from possession won with arms. (milton) It was strange to him that a father should feel no tenderness at parting with an only son. (A. Trollope)

4. To have a part or share; to partake. They shall part alike.

1. 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. (acts v. 2) Our ideas of extension and number do they not contain a secret relation of the parts ? (locke) I am a part of all that i have met. (Tennyson)

2. Hence, specifically: 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. An homer is the tenth part of an ephah. (ex. Xvi. 36) A thought which, quartered, hath but one part wisdom, And ever three parts coward. (Shak)

A constituent portion of a living or spiritual whole; a member; an organ; an essential element. All the parts were formed . . . Into one harmonious body. (locke) The pulse, the glow of every part. (Keble)

A constituent of character or capacity; quality; faculty; talent; usually in the plural with a collective sense. Men of considerable parts. . Great quickness of parts. . Which maintained so politic a state of evil, that they will not admit any good part to intermingle with them. (Shak)

quarter; region; district; usually in the plural. The uttermost part of the heaven. . All parts resound with tumults, plaints, and fears.

(Science: mathematics) (Dryden) 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.

3. 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. (2 sam. Xx. 1) Accuse not Nature! She hath done her part; Do thou but thine. (milton) Let me bear My part of danger with an equal share. (Dryden)

4. Hence, specifically: One of the opposing parties or sides in a conflict or a controversy; a faction. For he that 1000

is not against us is on our part. (mark ix. 40) Make whole kingdoms take her brothers part. (waller)

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. See To act a part, under Act. That part Was aptly fitted and naturally performed. (Shak) It was a brute part of him to kill so capital a calf. (Shak) Honor and shame from no condition rise; Act well your part, there all the honor lies. (pope) 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. For my part, so far as concerns me; for my share. For the most part. See Most, In good part, as well done; favorably; acceptably; in a friendly manner. In ill part, unfavorably; with displeasure. In part, in some degree; partly. Part and parcel, an essential or constituent portion; a reduplicative phrase. Cf. Might and main, kith and kin, etc. She was . . . Part and parcel of the race and place. . Part of speech, one of several owners or tenants in common. See joint tenant. Part singing, singing in which two or more of the harmonic parts are taken. Part song, a song in two or more (commonly four) distinct vocal parts. A part song differs from a madrigal in its exclusion of contrapuntual devices; from a glee, in its being sung by many voices, instead of by one only, to each part. .

Synonym: portion, section, division, fraction, fragment, piece, share, constituent. See portion, and section.

Origin: f. Part, L. Pars, gen. Partis; cf. Parere to bring forth, produce. Cf. Parent, depart, parcel, Partner, Party, portion.

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