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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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PAGASA said Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with occasional light rains and isolated rain showers, while the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to sometimes cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.
Partly cloudy and relatively cold skies are set to prevail on Sunday with no significant change in temperatures.
By the way, today's forecast calls for partly cloudy skies.
Countries wholly or partly within boundaries formed by 40[degrees]N to 50[degrees]N and the prime meridian to 10[degrees]E: -- *
The latter site, south of Newcastle United's stadium, is partly owned by the football club and partly by the city council.
Antelope Valley skies Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be partly cloudy, with highs in the mid-50s to lower 60s and lows in the 30s to lower 40s.
That's partly what drew me here from England in 1963 as a chemical engineer.
The analysts conjecture that the observed gains were due partly to demographic shifts and partly to the effects of intensive interventions and improved social conditions.
His follow-up, Claire Dolan, was a study of isolated souls making fleeting contact in a cityscape of reflecting surfaces; the film's glacially stylized quality was no doubt partly responsible for it being severely underrated when it premiered at Cannes in 1998.
The genetic tests indicated that only one mother carried a litter fathered partly by one male and partly by another.
Partly a tale of a father and his estranged son seeking to make amends, partly a love story, part redemption saga, and part pluckly novel of determination to win a challenge, Offshore culminates in a devil's bargain that pits a family's drive to succeed against not only the ruthlessness of their enemies, but the force of an incoming hurricane.
This may be partly due to a biological effect of soy and partly due to the overall composition of diets with a high soy content.