Pronunciation: (pärt),[key] —n. 1. 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. 2. an essential or integral attribute or quality: a sense of humor is part of a healthy personality. 3. a section or division of a literary work.
4. a portion, member, or organ of an animal body.
5. 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. 6. an allotted portion; share.
7. Usually, parts. a. a region, quarter, or district: a journey to foreign parts. b. a quality or attribute establishing the possessor as a person of importance or superior worth: Being both a diplomat and a successful businesswoman, she is widely regarded as a woman of parts. 8. either of the opposing sides in a contest, question, agreement, etc.
9. the dividing line formed in separating the hair of the head and combing it in different directions.
10. 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.
11. Music. a. the written or printed matter extracted from the score that a single performer or section uses in the performance of concerted music: a horn part. b. a section or division of a composition: the allegro part of the first movement. 12. participation, interest, or concern in something; role: The neighbors must have had some part in planning the surprise party. 13. 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. 14. a character or role acted in a play or sustained in real life.
15. for one's part, as far as concerns one: For my part, you can do whatever you please. 16. for the most part, with respect to the greatest part; on the whole; generally; usually; mostly: They are good students, for the most part. 17. in good part, a. without offense; in a good-natured manner; amiably: She was able to take teasing in good part. b. to a great extent; largely: His success is in good part ascribable to dogged determination. 18. in part, in some measure or degree; to some extent; partly; partially: The crop failure was due in part to unusual weather conditions. 19. on the part of, a. so far as pertains to or concerns one: He expressed appreciation on the part of himself and his colleagues. b. as done or manifested by: attention on the part of the audience.Also,on one's part. 20. part and parcel, an essential, necessary, or integral part: Her love for her child was part and parcel of her life. 21. take part, to participate; share or partake: They refused to take part in any of the activities of the community. 22. take someone's part, to align oneself with; support; defend: His parents took his part, even though he was obviously in the wrong.
—v.t. 1. to divide (a thing) into parts; break; cleave; divide.
2. to comb (the hair) away from a dividing line.
3. to divide into shares; distribute in parts; apportion.
4. to put or keep apart; separate: They parted the calves from the herd. 5. Metall. a. to separate (silver) from gold in refining.
b. to cut (one part) away from a piece, as an end from a billet.
c. to keep the surface of (a casting) separate from the sand of the mold.
6. Obs.to leave.
—v.i. 1. to be or become divided into parts; break or cleave: The oil tanker parted amidships. 2. to go or come apart; separate, as two or more things.
3. to go apart from or leave one another, as persons: We'll part no more. 4. to be or become separated from something else (usually fol. by from).
5. Naut.to break or become torn apart, as a cable.
6. to depart.
7. to die.
8. part company, a. to bid farewell or go separate ways; leave one another.
b. to dissolve a personal affiliation, relationship, etc., esp. because of irreconcilable differences.
c. to disagree.
9. part with, to give up (property, control, etc.); relinquish: to part with one's money.