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

  • n. The act or process of separating or dividing.
  • n. The state of being separated or divided.
  • n. A departure or leave-taking.
  • adj. Given, received, or done on departing or separating: a parting gift.
  • idiom parting of the ways A point of divergence, especially one of great moment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of parting or dividing; the state of being parted; division; separation.
  • n. A farewell, the act of departing politely.
  • n. The dividing line formed by combing the hair in different directions; part (US)
  • n. The surface of the sand of one section of a mould where it meets that of another section.
  • n. The separation and determination of alloys; especially, the separation, as by acids, of gold from silver in the assay button.
  • n. A joint or fissure, as in a coal seam.
  • n. The breaking, as of a cable, by violence.
  • n. Lamellar separation in a crystallized mineral, due to some other cause than cleavage, as to the presence of twinning lamellae.
  • v. Present participle of part.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Serving to part; dividing; separating.
  • adj. Given when departing
  • adj. Departing.
  • adj. Admitting of being parted; partible.
  • n. The act of parting or dividing; the state of being parted; division; separation.
  • n. A separation; a leave-taking.
  • n. A surface or line of separation where a division occurs.
  • n. The surface of the sand of one section of a mold where it meets that of another section.
  • n. The separation and determination of alloys; esp., the separation, as by acids, of gold from silver in the assay button.
  • n. A joint or fissure, as in a coal seam.
  • n. The breaking, as of a cable, by violence.
  • n. Lamellar separation in a crystallized mineral, due to some other cause than cleavage, as to the presence of twinning lamellæ.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of separating Or dividing; separation.
  • n. Agoing hence; death: sometimes hence-parting.
  • n. In paper-making, the operation of separating the damp sheets.
  • n. In metallurgy, the separation of gold and silver from each other by means of an acid. Both nitric and sulphuric acids are used for this purpose, the latter more generally; but parting by nitric acid is a process which has been in use for many centuries.
  • n. In mineralogy, a separation of a mineral into layers due not to cleavage, but to some other cause, as the presence of thin lamellæ formed by twinning, as, for example, in pyroxene, titanite, etc.
  • n. In comb-making, a method by which, in order to save material, two combs are cut from a single piece of shell but little wider than a single comb. The cutter used has a vertical motion upon the blank, which has an intermittent feed beneath it, and receives a succession of cuts, the teeth of one comb being cut from the interdental spaces of the other.
  • n. A point or place of separation or division.
  • n. In geology, a thin seam of clay or shale separating the thicker beds of rock.
  • n. In founding: The meeting surfaces of the sand rammed up in the cope and in the drag. Parting-sand.
  • n. The division of the hair on the head in dressing it.
  • n. That which parts or divides.
  • n. Share; fellowship; participation.
  • n.

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

  • n. a line of scalp that can be seen when sections of hair are combed in opposite directions
  • n. the act of departing politely

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