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a. an actor's role in a play
b. the speech and actions which make up such a role
c. a written copy of these
2. Anatomy any portion of a larger structure
3. a component that can be replaced in a machine, engine, etc.
4. Music
a. one of a number of separate melodic lines making up the texture of music
b. one of such melodic lines, which is assigned to one or more instrumentalists or singers
c. such a line performed from a separately written or printed copy



in music:

(1) A component of an orchestral, musical-dramatic, or ensemble work intended for performance by a particular voice or musical instrument. In opera, there are two ways of designating solo vocal parts: by the type of voice (for example, soprano part, bass part) and by the name of the hero of the opera (for example, the part of German in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades).

(2) A section of the exposition (and recapitulation) in the sonata form.


An element of a subassembly, not normally useful by itself and not amenable to further disassembly for maintenance purposes.


1. A dividing wall within a building; may be bearing or non-load-bearing.
2. In sound-transmission considerations, any building component (or a combination of components), such as a wall, door, window, roof, or floor-ceiling assembly, that separates one space from another.
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On May 10, partly cloudy weather without precipitations is expected in the capital.
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Renault's President Carlos Ghosn who met Saturday with French President Nicholas Sarkozy to discuss the place of manufacturing for "Clio 4", announced that it would be partly manufactured in Flins factory near Paris and partly in Bursa, Turkey.
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The latter site, south of Newcastle United's stadium, is partly owned by the football club and partly by the city council.
I left for a number of reasons: partly because I was bored stiff, partly because I was feeling outraged that the performance was an insulting fraud of no redeeming artistic value.
Partly an adventure story, partly a nature travelogue, partly a philosophical treatise on the state of nature in today's world, On the Wing will hold the attention of any reader who still has a sense of wonder.
That's partly because in the post-Vietnam era many Americans are uncomfortable with military valor.
This era of history has been too long neglected, partly because of the great political changes of 1918, partly because the style shift of the 1920s wholly undermined the innovations of the previous generation, leaving them, like John the Baptist, as mere preparers for the real revolution to come.
The weather service predicted partly cloudy skies this morning in the Antelope Valley, with rain moving in tonight and staying through Monday.