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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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Thus, most people who agree to take part in studies of mental illness hope the research will produce knowledge about the disease itself -- for example, the role of genetics in illness -- or about treatments that will benefit them directly.
Children, teachers, parents and members of the community descended on Churchill Community College in Wallsend to take part in the national Let's Get Cooking BIG Cookathon last week.
"We've people who have come to take part in the event from across the UK, including some from Oberhausen in Germany who are taking part in the run during a weekend holiday.
He had to complete a personal challenge, which was to gain a karate belt and take part in karate competitions.
"We feel that it is really important that our children and young people are fully integrated into society and what better way then to take part in something like this?" Everyone who took part was asked to make a pounds 1 donation, which will go to SignHealth.
Many of the women and girls displayed the name of the person who had inspired them to take part.