1) A part is a strand or melody of music played by an individual instrument or voice within a larger work. Parts may be referred to as an outer part or an inner part . Part-writing is the composition of parts in consideration of harmony and counterpoint. In the context of polyphonic composition the term voice may be used instead of part to denote a single melodic line or textural layer. The term is generic, and is not meant to imply that the line should necessarily be vocal in character, instead referring to instrumentation or simply to register.

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  1. A fraction of a whole; a portion.
  2. A distinct element or component.
  3. A group inside a larger group.
  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. The dividing line formed by combing the hair in different directions.
  11. The melody played or sung by a particular instrument, voice, or group of instruments or voices, within a polyphonic piece.
  12. In the Hebrew lunisolar calendar, a unit of time equivalent to 3⅓ seconds.
  13. A section of land; an area of a country or other territory; region.
  14. Each of two contrasting sides of an argument, debate etc.; "hand".
  15. A constituent of character or capacity; quality; faculty; talent; usually in the plural with a collective sense.
  16. A factor.
    3 is a part of 12.


  1. To leave.
  2. To cut hair with a parting.
  3. To divide in two.
    to part the curtains
  4. To be divided in two or separated.
    A rope parts.
    His hair parts in the middle.
  5. To divide up; to share.
  6. To have a part or share; to partake.
  7. To separate or disunite; to remove from contact or contiguity; to sunder.
  8. To hold apart; to stand or intervene between.
  9. To separate by a process of extraction, elimination, or secretion.
    to part gold from silver
  10. To leave; to quit.
  11. To leave (an IRC channel).


  1. Fractional; partial.
    Fred was part owner of the car.


  1. Partly; partially; fractionally.

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