[pahr-ting] /ˈpɑr tɪŋ/
the act of a person or thing that .
a division or separation.
a place of division or separation.
a departure or leave-taking.
something that serves to or separate things.
Mineralogy. a fracture of a crystal along a plane determined by twinning or pressure rather than along a cleavage plane.
given, happening, taken, done, etc., at parting:
a parting glance.
of or relating to parting, leave-taking, departure, or death:
ending or taking leave:
the parting day.
dividing or separating.
a portion or division of a whole that is separate or distinct; piece, fragment, fraction, or section; constituent:
the rear part of the house; to glue the two parts together.
an essential or integral attribute or quality:
a sense of humor is part of a healthy personality.
a section or division of a literary work.
a portion, member, or organ of an animal body.
any of a number of more or less equal quantities that compose a whole or into which a whole is divided:
Use two parts sugar to one part cocoa.
an allotted portion; share.
either of the opposing sides in a contest, question, agreement, etc.
the dividing line formed in separating the hair of the head and combing it in different directions.
a constituent piece of a machine or tool either included at the time of manufacture or set in place as a replacement for the original piece.
participation, interest, or concern in something; role:
The neighbors must have had some part in planning the surprise party.
a person’s share in or contribution to some action; duty, function, or office:
You must do your part if we’re to finish by tonight.
a character or role acted in a play or sustained in real life.
verb (used with object)
to divide (a thing) into parts; break; cleave; divide.
to comb (the hair) away from a dividing line.
to divide into shares; distribute in parts; apportion.
to put or keep apart; separate:
They parted the calves from the herd.
Obsolete. to leave.
verb (used without object)
to be or become divided into parts; break or cleave:
The oil tanker parted amidships.
to go or come apart; separate, as two or more things.
to go apart from or leave one another, as persons:
We’ll part no more.
to be or become separated from something else (usually followed by from).
Nautical. to break or become torn apart, as a cable.
; of a part:
in part; :
part with, to give up (property, control, etc.); relinquish:
to part with one’s money.
for one’s part, as far as concerns one:
For my part, you can do whatever you please.
for the most part, with respect to the greatest part; on the whole; generally; usually; mostly:
They are good students, for the most part.
in good part,
in part, in some measure or degree; to some extent; partly; partially:
The crop failure was due in part to unusual weather conditions.
on the part of,
Also, on one’s part.
part and parcel, an essential, necessary, or integral part:
Her love for her child was part and parcel of her life.
take part, to participate; share or partake:
They refused to take part in any of the activities of the community.
take someone’s part, to align oneself with; support; defend:
His parents took his part, even though he was obviously in the wrong.
(Brit) the line of scalp showing when sections of hair are combed in opposite directions US, Canadian, and Austral equivalent part
the act of separating or the state of being separated
a place or line of separation or division
(chem) a division of a crystal along a plane that is not a cleavage plane
a euphemism for death
(literary) departing: the parting day
serving to divide or separate
a piece or portion of a whole
an integral constituent of something: dancing is part of what we teach
one of several equal or nearly equal divisions: mix two parts flour to one part water
a person’s proper role or duty: everyone must do his part
(often pl) region; area: you’re well known in these parts
(anatomy) any portion of a larger structure
a component that can be replaced in a machine, engine, etc: spare parts
(US & Canadian, Austral) the line of scalp showing when sections of hair are combed in opposite directions British equivalent parting
for the most part, generally
for one’s part, as far as one is concerned
in part, to some degree; partly
of many parts, having many different abilities
on the part of, on behalf of
part and parcel, an essential ingredient
play a part
take in good part, to respond to (teasing) with good humour
take part in, to participate in
take someone’s part, to support someone in an argument
to divide or separate from one another; take or come apart: to part the curtains, the seams parted when I washed the dress
to go away or cause to go away from one another; stop or cause to stop seeing each other: the couple parted amicably
(intransitive) foll by from. to leave; say goodbye (to)
(intransitive) foll by with. to relinquish, esp reluctantly: I couldn’t part with my teddy bear
(transitive) foll by from. to cause to relinquish, esp reluctantly: he’s not easily parted from his cash
(intransitive) to split; separate: the path parts here
(transitive) to arrange (the hair) in such a way that a line of scalp is left showing
(intransitive) a euphemism for die1 (sense 1)
(intransitive) (archaic) to depart
to some extent; partly
“action of going away,” c.1300, verbal noun from part (v.). As “separation of persons,” early 14c.
mid-13c., “division, portion of a whole,” from Old French part “share, portion; character; power, dominion; side, way, path,” from Latin partem (nominative pars) “a part, piece, a share, a division; a party or faction; a part of the body; a fraction; a function, office,” related to portio “share, portion,” from PIE root *pere- “to assign, allot” (cf. Greek peprotai “it has been granted,” Sanskrit purtam “reward,” Hittite parshiya- “fraction, part”).
It has replaced native deal (n.) in most senses. Theatrical sense (late 15c.) is from an actor’s “share” in a performance (The Latin plural partis was used in the same sense). Meaning “the parting of the hair” is 1890, American English.
As an adjective from 1590s. Late Old English part “part of speech” did not survive and the modern word is considered a separate borrowing. Phrase for the most part is from late 14c. To take part “participate” is from late 14c.
c.1200, “to divide into parts; separate oneself,” from Old French partir “to divide, separate” (10c.), from Latin partire, partere “to share, part, distribute, divide,” from pars (see part (n.)).
Sense of “to separate (someone from someone else)” is from early 14c.; that of “to take leave” is from early 15c. Meaning “to separate the hair” is attested from 1610s. Related: Parted; parting. To part with “surrender” is from c.1300.
- Parting is such sweet sorrow
A line from the play Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare; Juliet is saying good night to Romeo. Their sorrowful parting is also “sweet” because it makes them think about the next time they will see each other.
noun, Metallurgy. 1. the line at which two closed dies or two halves of a mold meet. 2. a corresponding line or seam appearing on a molded or cast object.
- Parting of the ways
stood at the parting of the way.” [ c. 1600 ]
noun 1. a threat, insult, condemnation, sarcastic retort, or the like, uttered upon leaving. noun 1. a hostile remark or gesture delivered while departing Also called Parthian shot A final insult or last word in an argument, as in As she stalked out, Jane hurled as a parting shot, “And I quit!” This idiom apparently […]