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  • Was an extra poem a cameo part Xena saw?
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Usage statistics for the noun part:

spoken English39.7%written English60.3% conversational speech24.51%task-oriented speech75.49% imaginative writing30.82%informational writing69.18%
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The word part is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun part

What does part mean as a name of something?

Part is one of the top 50 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: parts

  1. something determined in relation to something that includes it
    • example: he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • synonyms of part: component / component part / constituent / portion
    • more generic word: relation = an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
    • more specific terms:
      • substance = the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists
      • linguistic unit / language unit = one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed
      • point / item = a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list
      • butt = the part of a plant from which the roots spring or the part of a stalk or trunk nearest the roots
      • basis / base = the most important or necessary part of something
      • particular / detail / item = a small part that can be considered separately from the whole
      • unit = an individual or group or structure or other entity regarded as a structural or functional constituent of a whole
      • member = anything that belongs to a set or class
      • remainder / residual / residuum / balance / residue / rest = something left after other parts have been taken away
      • subpart = a part of a part
    • part of: meronymy / part to whole relation = the semantic relation that holds between a part and the whole
  2. something less than the whole of a human artifact
    • examples: the rear part of the house | glue the two parts together
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of part: portion
    • more generic terms: object / physical object = a tangible and visible entity
    • more specific terms:
      • appendage = a part that is joined to something larger
      • bit = the part of a key that enters a lock and lifts the tumblers
      • bottleneck = the narrow part of a bottle near the top
      • bulb = a rounded part of a cylindrical instrument
      • butt / stub = the small unused part of something
      • constituent / component / element = an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up
      • cutout = a part that is cut out or is intended to be cut out
      • foible = the weaker part of a sword's blade from the forte to the tip
      • fore edge / foredge = the part of a book that faces inward when the book is shelved
      • forte = the stronger part of a sword blade between the hilt and the foible
      • fraction = a small part or item forming a piece of a whole
      • heel = the part of the clubhead where it joins the shaft
      • hub = the central part of a car wheel (or fan or propeller etc) through which the shaft or axle passes
      • jetsam = the part of a ship's equipment or cargo that is thrown overboard to lighten the load in a storm
      • limb = either of the two halves of a bow from handle to tip
      • neck = a narrow part of an artifact that resembles a neck in position or form
      • peen = the part of a hammerhead opposite the flat striking surface
      • piece = a separate part of a whole
      • pressing = a metal or plastic part that is made by a mechanical press
      • seat = a part of a machine that supports or guides another part
      • section / segment = one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object
      • shank / waist = the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole
      • backbone / spine = the part of a book's cover that encloses the inner side of the book's pages and that faces outward when the book is shelved
      • toe = the part of a clubhead farthest from the shaft
      • widening / turnout = a part of a road that has been widened to allow cars to pass or park
      • upstage = the rear part of the stage
      • upstairs = the part of a building above the ground floor
      • wreckage = the remaining parts of something that has been wrecked
    • part of: unit / whole = an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity
  3. a portion of a natural object
    • example: they analyzed the river into three parts
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonym of part: piece
    • more generic word: thing = a separate and self-contained entity
    • more specific terms:
      • body part = any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
      • corpus = the main part of an organ or other bodily structure
      • acicula = a needlelike part or structure of a plant or animal or crystal
      • base = the bottom or lowest part
      • corner = a projecting part where two sides or edges meet
      • craton = the part of a continent that is stable and forms the central mass of the continent
      • cutting = a piece cut off from the main part of something
      • fragment = a piece broken off or cut off of something else
      • hunk / lump = a large piece of something without definite shape
      • stub / nub = a small piece
      • segment = one of the parts into which something naturally divides
      • slice = a thin flat piece cut off of some object
      • strip = a relatively long narrow piece of something
      • world = a part of the earth that can be considered separately
    • instances:
      • North Atlantic = that part of the Atlantic Ocean to the north of the equator
      • North Pacific = that part of the Pacific Ocean to the north of the equator
      • South Atlantic = that part of the Atlantic Ocean to the south of the equator
      • South Pacific = that part of the Pacific Ocean to the south of the equator
    • part of: building block / unit = a single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else
  4. that which concerns a person with regard to a particular role or situation
    • examples: it requires vigilance on our part | they resisted every effort on his part
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic word: concern = something that interests you because it is important or affects you
  5. the extended spatial location of something
    • example: religions in all parts of the world
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonym of part: region
    • more generic word: location = a point or extent in space
    • more specific terms:
      • atmosphere / air = the mass of air surrounding the Earth
      • biosphere = the regions of the surface and atmosphere of the Earth (or other planet) where living organisms exist
      • depths = the deepest and most remote part
      • interplanetary space = the part of outer space within the solar system
      • interstellar space = the space between stars
      • heliosphere = the region inside the heliopause containing the sun and solar system
      • intergalactic space = the space between galaxies
      • deep space = any region in space outside the solar system
      • aerospace = the atmosphere and outer space considered as a whole
      • zone = an area or region distinguished from adjacent parts by a distinctive feature or characteristic
      • belt = an elongated region where a specific condition or characteristic is found
      • bottom = the lowest part of anything
      • county = a region created by territorial division for the purpose of local government
      • distance = a distant region
      • promised land / Shangri-la / paradise / nirvana / heaven / Eden = any place of complete bliss and delight and peace
      • extremity = the outermost or farthest region or point
      • hell on earth / snake pit / hellhole / the pits / inferno / hell = any place of pain and turmoil
      • interior / inside = the region that is inside of something
      • ionosphere = the outer region of the Earth's atmosphere
      • layer = a relatively thin sheetlike expanse or region lying over or under another
      • exterior / outside = the region that is outside of something
      • radius = a circular region whose area is indicated by the length of its radius
      • side = a place within a region identified relative to a center or reference location
      • air = the region above the ground
      • vacuity / vacuum = a region that is devoid of matter
      • top = the upper part of anything
      • zodiac = a belt-shaped region in the heavens on either side to the ecliptic
      • sign of the zodiac / planetary house / star sign / mansion / house / sign = one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
      • Papua = the southeastern part of Papua New Guinea
      • Sind = a region of southeastern Pakistan
      • black hole = a region of space resulting from the collapse of a star
      • Edgeworth-Kuiper belt / Kuiper belt = a disk-shaped region of minor planets outside the orbit of Neptune
      • maria / mare = a dark region of considerable extent on the surface of the moon
    • instances:
      • D region / D-layer = the lowest region of the ionosphere (35 to 50 miles up) that reflects low-frequency radio waves
      • Appleton layer / F region / F layer = the highest region of the ionosphere (from 90 to 600 miles up) which contains the highest concentration of free electrons and is most useful for long-range radio transmission
      • Kennelly-Heaviside layer / Heaviside layer / E region / E layer = a region of the ionosphere (from 50 to 90 miles up) that reflects radio waves of medium length
      • Achaea = a region of ancient Greece on the north coast of the Peloponnese
      • Doris = a small region of ancient Greece where the Doric dialect was spoken
      • Cynoscephalae = the fields in Thessaly where in 197 BC the Romans defeated the Macedonians
      • Transylvania = a historical plateau region in northwestern Romania that is separated from the rest of the country by the Transylvanian Alps; originally part of Hungary
      • Witwatersrand / Rand / Reef = a rocky region in the southern Transvaal in northeastern South Africa
  6. the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
    • example: the government must do its part
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of part: function / office / role
    • more generic word: duty = work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons
    • more specific terms:
      • capacity = a specified function
      • hat = an informal term for a person's role
      • portfolio = the role of the head of a government department
      • position / place / stead / lieu = the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another
      • second fiddle = a secondary role or function
  7. an actor's portrayal of someone in a play
  8. assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonyms of part: percentage / portion / share
    • more generic word: assets = anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company
    • more specific terms:
      • tranche = a portion of something
      • dispensation = a share that has been dispensed or distributed
      • dole = a share of money or food or clothing that has been charitably given
      • way = a portion of something divided into shares
      • ration = a fixed portion that is allotted
      • allowance = an amount allowed or granted
      • piece / slice = a share of something
      • split = a promised or claimed share of loot or money
      • interest / stake = a right or legal share of something
      • profit sharing = a system in which employees receive a share of the net profits of the business
      • cut = a share of the profits
      • allocation / allotment = a share set aside for a specific purpose
    • part of: earnings / lucre / net / net income / net profit / profit / profits = the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time
  9. one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
    • example: the written part of the exam
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of part: division / section
    • more generic words: concept / conception / construct = an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
    • more specific terms:
      • frame = one of the ten divisions into which bowling is divided
      • beginning = the first part or section of something
      • middle = an intermediate part or section
      • end = a final part or section
      • high point = the most enjoyable part of a given experience
      • constituent / ingredient / component / element / factor = an abstract part of something
      • chukker / chukka = one of six divisions into which a polo match is divided
      • inning / frame = one of nine divisions of play during which each team has a turn at bat
      • game = a division of play during which one player serves
      • round / bout / turn = a division during which one team is on the offensive
      • first period = the first division into which the play of a game is divided
      • second period = the second division into which the play of a game is divided
      • final period = the final division into which the play of a game is divided
      • half = one of two divisions into which some games or performances are divided: the two divisions are separated by an interval
      • period = one of three divisions into which play is divided in hockey games
      • quarter = one of four divisions into which some games are divided
      • over = the division of play during which six balls are bowled at the batsman by one player from the other team from the same end of the pitch
    • part of: whole = all of something including all its component elements or parts
  10. a line of scalp that can be seen when sections of hair are combed in opposite directions
    • example: his part was right in the middle
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonym of part: parting
    • more generic word: line = a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
    • part of: hair = a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures
  11. the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music
  12. the effort contributed by a person in bringing about a result
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of part: contribution / share
    • more generic words: attempt / effort / endeavor / endeavour / try = earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
    • more specific word: end = the part you are expected to play
  13. an item that is an instance of some type
    • example: my dog swallowed a Lego part
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of part: piece
    • more generic word: item = a whole individual unit

Alternative definition of the noun part


  1. A fraction of a whole; a portion [jump, fraction of a whole, s, t]
  2. A distinct element or component
  3. A group inside a larger group [jump, group within a larger group, s, t]
  4. duty; responsibility
  5. share, especially of a profit
  6. Position or role (especially in a play)
  7. A unit of relative proportion in a mixture
  8. 3.5 centiliters of one ingredient in a mixed drink
  9. A section of a document
  10. [US] The dividing line formed by combing the hair in different directions [jump, hair dividing line, s, t]
  11. [music] The melody played or sung by a particular instrument, voice, or group of instruments or voices, within a polyphonic piece
  12. [Judaism] In the Hebrew lunisolar calendar, a unit of time equivalent to 3⅓ seconds [jump, Hebrew calendar unit, s]
  13. A section of land; an area of a country or other territory; region

Specialised definition of the noun part

Glossary of sports

elements of sport motor skills which are classified in some artistic sports according to their degree of difficulty (e.g. gymnastics, rhythmical callisthenics, sport acrobatics). In gymnastics, the following parts apply according to the Code de Pointage: A-part (valued with 0.2 points) as the lowest, B-part (valued with 0.4 points) as the medium, and C-part (valued with 0.6 points) as the highest degree of difficulty. Since 1985 a D-part has been used in gymnastics as well (valued with 0.8 points) which is composed of a C-part and 0.2 points for risk, before 1980 called C + R (for risk). (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Definition of the adjective part

What does part mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: parter |

  1. fractional, partial

Definition of the adverb part

What does part mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. to some extent; in some degree; not wholly

Alternative definition of the adverb part


  1. partly, partially, fractionally

Definition of the verb part

What does part mean as a doing word?

Part is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: parted | parting | parts

  1. go one's own way; move apart
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient, plural]I separated the yolk and the white
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient 1] from [Patient 2]I separated the yolk from the white
      [Patient, plural] [Verb]The yolk and the white separated
      [Patient, plural] [Verb] [Adverb]Egg yolks and egg whites separate easily
      [Patient 1] [Verb] [Adverb] from [Patient 2]Cream separates easily from milk
      [Patient 1] [Verb] with [Patient 2]The yoke parted with the white

      Verbs of Separating (with the same syntax): disconnect, dissociate, separate.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of part: separate / split
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
    • more specific terms:
  2. discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
  3. leave
  4. come apart
  5. force, take, or pull apart

Alternative definition of the verb part


  1. [intransitive] to leave
  2. to cut hair with a parting
  3. [transitive] To divide in two.
  4. [intransitive] to be divided in two or separated
  5. [transitive, now rare] to divide up; to share
  6. [transitive, computing] to leave (an IRC channel)

Other definitions of part

What does part also mean?


  1. [context: often as “part (something), part (something else)”] partially composed of


Who is Part?

Part a.k.a. Arvo Pärt is an Estonian composer of classical and sacred music. Since the late 1970s, Pärt has worked in a minimalist style that employs his self-invented compositional technique, tintinnabuli. His music is in part inspired by Gregorian chant. As of 2013, Pärt has been the most performed contemporary composer in the world for three years in a row.


"Part" is a composition.


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Phrases with Part

Phrases starting with the word Part:

  1. part name
  2. Part song
  3. part time
  4. part with
  5. part-time
  6. part music

Phrases ending with the word Part:

  1. in part
  2. bit part
  3. car part
  4. two-part
  5. auto part
  6. bass part
  7. body part
  8. good part
  9. name part
  10. Real part
  11. take part
  12. weak part
  13. after part
  14. fifth part

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by C. H. HOUGH

Тнв present volume is the íirst part of а series of intended publieations,V which, when completed, will form, it is hoped, a useful manual., both for pupils in Anglo- Burmese Schools, in these Provinces, and for persons generally, who wish to ...

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by Augustin Calmet

The Seah, or Satum, was a third part of the Bath, a little more than 20 English pints. The Gomor, Omer, or Assaron, was the tenth part of the Epha, or something more than 6 English pints. The Cab was the sixth part of the Seah, or Satum, or the ...

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Usage statistics about part

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Usage statistics for the noun part:

spoken English39.7%written English60.3% conversational speech24.51%task-oriented speech75.49% imaginative writing30.82%informational writing69.18%

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb part:


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Quotes about Part

[Long hair] is considered bohemian, which may be why I grew it, but I keep it long because I love the way it feels, part cloak, part fan, part mane, part security blanket. (Marge Piercy)
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Scrabble value of P3A1R1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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