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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
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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.

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An element of a subassembly, not normally useful by itself and not amenable to further disassembly for maintenance purposes.
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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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Monday: Humid morning westward, becoming fair to partly cloudy eastwards by afternoon.
The rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy, except for isolated rain showers and thunderstorms.
The diffused tail-end of a cold front, meanwhile, will bring partly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Rizal, some parts of Quezon, Northern Samar, Northern Leyte, Oriental Mindoro, Northern Panay, Romblon and Masbate, as well as over Davao Region, Surigao provinces, South Cotabato, Dinagat and Siargao Islands."Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms," the PAGASA said.
Partly cloudy and relatively cold conditions are also expected for Monday.
The weather will become mild in general, and partly cloudy at times.
On Sunday and Monday the weather will be relatively cold and partly cloudy with scattered showers accompanied by thunder at times.
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.
Writing in The Independent of London, Dalton said, "We failed [to get talks started] partly because our policies--including on human rights--were irreconcilable with Iran's, partly from lack of leverage and partly because at the top level Iran was not ready to find a way through.
It's been sunny for 35.9 percent of UO home games, far more often than cloudy (29.8 percent), partly sunny (16.7), rain (8.7), partly cloudy (7) or fog (1.7).
said Friday its group operating profit in fiscal 2006 shrank 17.9 percent from the previous year to 47.91 billion yen due partly to falls in sales in Japan and North America.