p. pr. & vb. n.

  1. of Part


  1. Serving to part; dividing; separating.
  2. Given when departing; as, a parting shot; a parting salute.
  3. Departing.
  4. Admitting of being parted; partible.


  1. The act of parting or dividing; the state of being parted; division; separation.
  2. A separation; a leave-taking.
  3. A surface or line of separation where a division occurs.
  4. The surface of the sand of one section of a mold where it meets that of another section.
  5. The separation and determination of alloys; esp., the separation, as by acids, of gold from silver in the assay button.
  6. A joint or fissure, as in a coal seam.
  7. The breaking, as of a cable, by violence.
  8. Lamellar separation in a crystallized mineral, due to some other cause than cleavage, as to the presence of twinning lamellae.