- a region, quarter, or district: a journey to foreign parts.
- 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.
- 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.
- a section or division of a composition: the allegro part of the first movement.
verb (used with object)
- to separate (silver) from gold in refining.
- to cut (one part) away from a piece, as an end from a billet.
- to keep the surface of (a casting) separate from the sand of the mold.
verb (used without object)
- without offense; in a good-natured manner; amiably: She was able to take teasing in good part.
- to a great extent; largely: His success is in good part ascribable to dogged determination.
- so far as pertains to or concerns one: He expressed appreciation on the part of himself and his colleagues.
- as done or manifested by: attention on the part of the audience.
- to bid farewell or go separate ways; leave one another.
- to dissolve a personal affiliation, relationship, etc., especially because of irreconcilable differences.
- to disagree.
Origin of part
Examples from the Web for parts
So, how do we achieve such equality in the U.S. and other parts of the world?
Even in the parts of the movement he does cover, some people and efforts are missing.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality|E.J. Graff|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then they would go to a hotel afterwards and combine the parts they had remembered in one sketch.
Ironically, there are parts of it that I think the North Koreans will love, but other parts they are going to really hate.Exclusive: Sony Emails Say Studio Exec Picked Kim Jong-Un as the Villain of ‘The Interview’|William Boot|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But there are some parts of the U.S. taking steps in that direction.What the U.S. Can Learn from Europe About Dealing with Terrorists|Scott Beauchamp|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nobles and princes of the highest rank were, in all parts of Europe, ranged under either banner.Henry IV, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
They may be found in all parts of the United States and Canada.Secret Band of Brothers|Jonathan Harrington Green
We could not express ourselves fully if we lacked any of these parts of speech.Plain English|Marian Wharton
Eight parts of ore furnish, on an average, about one of schlich.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
That is, the sulphur always remains combined with four parts of oxygen.The Automobile Storage Battery|O. A. Witte
British Dictionary definitions for parts (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for parts (2 of 2)
- an amount less than the whole; bitthey only recovered part of the money
- (as modifier)an old car in part exchange for a new one
- an actor's role in a play
- the speech and actions which make up such a role
- a written copy of these
- one of a number of separate melodic lines making up the texture of music
- one of such melodic lines, which is assigned to one or more instrumentalists or singersthe viola part; the soprano solo part
- such a line performed from a separately written or printed copySee part song
- to pretend to be what one is not
- (foll by in) to have something to do (with); be instrumental (in)to play a part in the king's downfall
- to end a friendship or association, esp as a result of a quarrel; separatethey were in partnership, but parted company last year
- (foll by with) to leave; go away from; be separated from
Word Origin for part
Word Origin and History for parts (1 of 3)
"personal qualities, gifts of ability," 1560s, from part (n.).
Word Origin and History for parts (1 of 3)
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.
Word Origin and History for parts (2 of 3)
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.
Medicine definitions for parts
Idioms and Phrases with parts
In addition to the idioms beginning with part
- part and parcel
- part company
- parting of the ways
- parting shot
- part with
- party line
- best part of
- better half (part of)
- discretion is the better part of valor
- do one's bit (part)
- fool and his money are soon parted
- for one's part
- for the most part
- in good part
- in part
- take part
- take someone's part