from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. In traditional grammars of inflected languages, the forms of the verb that are considered basic and from which all other forms of the verb are derived.
- n.pl. In English, the present infinitive (play, eat, put), the past tense (played, ate, put), the present participle (playing, eating, putting), and the past participle (played, eaten, put).
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This being the substance of what is declared and pleaded for in the preceding treatise, to prevent the obloquy of some and confirm the judgment of others, I shall add the suffrage of ancient and modern writers given unto the principal parts of it, and whereon all other things asserted in it do depend: -- Clemens Alexandrinus discourseth at large unto this purpose, Strom. cap.
I must, however, make it quite clear how seldom these "split-ups" occur in the principal parts of the book; in the "Written Pictures," where the poems were not, most of them, classics, we felt justified in making a fuller use of these analytical suggestions; but I believe I am correct in saying that no translations from the Chinese that I have read are so near to the originals as these.
Hereon did Satan make an entrance into one of the principal parts of his eternal torments, in that furious self-maceration which he is given up unto on the consideration of his defeat and disappointment.
On their arrival in New York, the news greeted them, that on the evening of the next day two of the greatest tragedians of the age were to appear in the principal parts of Shakspeare's Othello.
I have already told how the Josses were wrapped in red scarves, and bits of red cloth were tied on the rudder, cable, mast, and other principal parts of the vessel, as safeguards against danger.