Definitions for: Parting

[n] the act of departing politely; "he disliked long farewells"; "he took his leave"; "parting is such sweet sorrow"
[adj] delivered at the moment of parting as if in flight or retreat; "paused to deliver a parting shot at the door"; "a Parthian volley of expletives from Uncle Billy"- Bret Harte

Webster (1913) Definition: Par"ting, a. [From Part, v.]
1. Serving to part; dividing; separating.

2. Given when departing; as, a parting shot; a parting
salute. ``Give him that parting kiss.'' --Shak.

3. Departing. ``Speed the parting guest.'' --Pope.

4. Admitting of being parted; partible.

Parting fellow, a partner. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Parting pulley. See under Pulley.

Parting sand (Founding), dry, nonadhesive sand, sprinkled
upon the partings of a mold to facilitate the separation.

Parting strip (Arch.), in a sash window, one of the thin
strips of wood let into the pulley stile to keep the
sashes apart; also, the thin piece inserted in the window
box to separate the weights.

Parting tool (Mach.), a thin tool, used in turning or
planing, for cutting a piece in two.

Par"ting, n.
1. The act of parting or dividing; the state of being parted;
division; separation. ``The parting of the way.'' --Ezek.
xxi. 21.

2. A separation; a leave-taking. --Shak.

And there were sudden partings, such as press The
life from out young hearts. --Byron.

3. A surface or line of separation where a division occurs.

4. (Founding) The surface of the sand of one section of a
mold where it meets that of another section.

5. (Chem.) The separation and determination of alloys; esp.,
the separation, as by acids, of gold from silver in the
assay button.

6. (Geol.) A joint or fissure, as in a coal seam.

7. (Naut.) The breaking, as of a cable, by violence.

8. (Min.) Lamellar separation in a crystallized mineral, due
to some other cause than cleavage, as to the presence of
twinning lamell[ae].

Synonyms: farewell, last, leave, leave-taking, parthian

See Also: departure, going, going away, leaving, valediction

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