from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Separated or divided into parts.
  • adj. Being or kept apart; separated.
  • adj. Botany Cleft almost to the base, so as to have distinct divisions or lobes.
  • adj. Archaic Deceased.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of part.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Separated; divided.
  • adj. Endowed with parts or abilities.
  • adj. Cleft so that the divisions reach nearly, but not quite, to the midrib, or the base of the blade; -- said of a leaf, and used chiefly in composition

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Departed; deceased; dead.
  • Endowed with parts or abilities.
  • In botany, cleft or divided nearly to the base, as leaves. Also partite.
  • In heraldry, same as party
  • Having a part or character in a play allotted to (one): as, the leading man was badly parted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a margin incised almost to the base so as to create distinct divisions or lobes


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  • It was before the castle and the title parted company: that is a tale worth telling too! there was little fair play in either! but I will not trouble you with it now.

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  • As he landed, the chain parted from the rock, swiftly disappeared down the opposite aperture, and its covering closed with the same low, solemn murmur as before.

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  • The curtain parted with a fierce zip to reveal Prince Bawad and his retinue.

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