Part v. t. [imp. & p. p. Parted; p. pr. & vb. n. Parting.]
1. To divide; to separate into distinct parts; to break into two or more parts or pieces; to sever. “Thou shalt part it in pieces.”
There, [celestial love] parted into rainbow hues. --Keble.
2. To divide into shares; to divide and distribute; to allot; to apportion; to share.
To part his throne, and share his heaven with thee. --Pope.
They parted my raiment among them. --John xix. 24.
3. To separate or disunite; to cause to go apart; to remove from contact or contiguity; to sunder.
The Lord do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me. --Ruth i. 17.
While he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. --Luke xxiv. 51.
The narrow seas that part
The French and English. --Shak.
4. Hence: To hold apart; to stand between; to intervene betwixt, as combatants.
The stumbling night did part our weary powers. --Shak.
5. To separate by a process of extraction, elimination, or secretion; as, to part gold from silver.
The liver minds his own affair, . . .
And parts and strains the vital juices. --Prior.
6. To leave; to quit. [Obs.]
Since presently your souls must part your bodies. --Shak.
To part a cable Naut., to break it.
To part company, to separate, as travelers or companions.
1. Serving to part; dividing; separating.
2. Given when departing; as, a parting shot; a parting salute. “Give him that parting kiss.”
3. Departing. “Speed the parting guest.”
4. Admitting of being parted; partible.
Parting fellow, a partner. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
Parting pulley. See under Pulley.
Parting sand Founding, dry, nonadhesive sand, sprinkled upon the partings of a mold to facilitate the separation.
Parting strip Arch., in a sash window, one of the thin strips of wood let into the pulley stile to keep the sashes apart; also, the thin piece inserted in the window box to separate the weights.
Parting tool Mach., a thin tool, used in turning or planing, for cutting a piece in two.
1. The act of parting or dividing; the state of being parted; division; separation. “The parting of the way.”
2. A separation; a leave-taking.
And there were sudden partings, such as press
The life from out young hearts. --Byron.
3. A surface or line of separation where a division occurs.
4. Founding The surface of the sand of one section of a mold where it meets that of another section.
5. Chem. The separation and determination of alloys; esp., the separation, as by acids, of gold from silver in the assay button.
6. Geol. A joint or fissure, as in a coal seam.
7. Naut. The breaking, as of a cable, by violence.
8. Min. Lamellar separation in a crystallized mineral, due to some other cause than cleavage, as to the presence of twinning lamellæ.
adj : delivered at the moment of parting as if in flight or
retreat; "paused to deliver a parting shot at the
door"; "a Parthian volley of expletives from Uncle
Billy"- Bret Harte [syn: parthian]
n : the act of departing politely; "he disliked long farewells";
"he took his leave"; "parting is such sweet sorrow" [syn:
farewell, leave, leave-taking]