Definition of parting in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action of leaving or being separated from someone.

    ‘they exchanged a few words on parting’
    count noun ‘an emotional parting from her two young children’
    • ‘Edna dear, there is no parting from those we love, no distance can divide, for today in memory's garden, we will walk side-by-side.’
    • ‘Walking through the garden afterwards, she felt the usual feeling on their parting, fear and longing.’
    • ‘We are very attached to our tatty old dory, however; parting will be quite hard when the time comes.’
    • ‘In the story of this passion, too, the development varies: sometimes it is the glorious marriage, sometimes frustration and final parting.’
    • ‘For a couple embarking on a serious relationship, discussion of the terms to apply at parting is almost a contradiction of the shared hopes that have brought them together.’
    • ‘In the film Oliver's attempt to get Fagin to pray is overwhelmed by the emotional intensity of Fagin's sense of parting from the young orphan he took in.’
    • ‘So when feeling dies, love dies, and relationships disintegrate and divorce or parting is the next step.’
    • ‘This story of parting manages to be poignant and pretty yet not cloying and the rhythm will move you as much as the words.’
    farewell, leave-taking, goodbye, adieu, departure, leaving, going, going away
    separation, break-up, splitting up, split, split-up, breaking up, divorce, rift, breach, parting of the ways, estrangement, rupture
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  • 2The action of dividing something into parts.

    ‘the parting of the Red Sea’
    • ‘I tried it, sort of expecting a parting of the Red Sea.’
    • ‘For the climax of Exodus is not found in the story of the departure from Egypt, nor in the death of the firstborn, nor in the parting of the Red Sea, nor in the giving of the law on Sinai.’
    • ‘The chief appeared with a dramatic parting of tent-flaps.’
    • ‘It was the parting of the seas, with Jocelyn in the middle of the forming path.’
    • ‘Remember the parting of the Red Sea, along with so many other interventions which led to the Exodus from Egypt.’
    • ‘I suddenly believed all those Biblical stories that I had learned as a child, such as the Flood and the parting of the Red Sea, were true.’
    • ‘The centerpiece is the parting of the Red Sea and its subsequent disposal of Rameses's guards and chariots.’
    • ‘From there came the years in Egypt, ending when Moses brought forth the plagues to convince Pharaoh to let his people go, and the parting of the Red Sea.’
    • ‘She wondered if she would be less devastated if she hadn't witnessed the parting of her father's soul, but couldn't find a definite answer.’
    • ‘Only grand events of martyrhood, bloody deaths, crusades, sea partings, and other jejune items could evoke faith, could tease belief from the listless and fickle populace.’
    • ‘Science can comment usefully on such issues as the age of the Shroud of Turin, the parting of the Red Sea, or genetic studies of alleged lost tribes of Israel.’
    • ‘With the parting of the heated wire, both ends of the cutoff are identical and slightly rounded.’
    • ‘In Part Three, Cusick pointedly refers to Exodus when he compares the crossing of the Mississippi on a vine that breaks to the parting of the Red Sea.’
    • ‘Londoners tend to scurry outside at the slightest hint of sunshine, so feel free to look for a parting of the clouds and mention how lovely it is.’
    • ‘Much similar to the parting of the Red Sea, the white cloud split into two as the mad scientist confidently strolled out of it.’
    • ‘It was one o'clock, and I felt as if I had been up since the parting of the heavens and the earth.’
    • ‘Like the parting of the Red Sea, the crowd parted for the Boom-Boom Kitty vehicles, allowing them access to the alien vehicle.’
    division, dividing, separation, separating, splitting, breaking apart, breaking up, severance, disjoining, detachment, partition, partitioning
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  • 3British count noun A line of scalp revealed in a person's hair by combing the hair away in opposite directions on either side.

    ‘his hair was dark, with a side parting’
    North American term part (sense 6 of the noun)
    • ‘Sadly there is no guidance on the giveaway features or dress codes pollsters should look for, but side partings and cravats are reliable evidence of Tory sympathies, and Liberal Democrats have fleshy ear lobes.’
    • ‘I am amused by the attack on the book's statement about the use of vermilion in the hair partings of female terracottas in very early contexts in Baluchistan.’
    • ‘They soon discover that not all Londoners have side partings and that litter and graffiti and distressed denim does exist in the capital.’
    • ‘His blond hair with its strange, upwards-aiming parting, accents his extremely pale skin, which has the appearance of being even paler than usual.’
    • ‘Her grey hair fell in a combed central parting to her earlobes, from which pearl ear rings hung.’
    • ‘Think strong centre partings and a high-shine finish.’
    • ‘Owner of the nicest hair cut and the sharpest parting in the Premiership, the Russian is nothing special and has struggled to hold down a regular place.’
    • ‘She had short, dark brown hair that reached her neck, and her parting was at the left side, so more hair curved over the right.’
    • ‘Sebastian Coe has been especially reanimated for the occasion and his side parting has been measured and angled precisely to meet IOC hairstyle guidelines.’
    • ‘The decade that followed also marked the start of the ‘middle parting, pasted hair on both sides of the face’ sported by the saucy Sharmila Tagore.’
    • ‘‘For those lucky enough to have an oval face, like Cat Deeley, pretty much anything goes but especially flattering for slightly longer faces are off centre partings with a flick to one side,’ he adds.’
    • ‘Make a triangular diagonal parting from the top of the head to just the middle of the ear.’
    • ‘At a recent public appearance, he directed all the waiters to get new haircuts with neat side partings, the women were instructed to wear black dresses and the only thing he would eat was caviar.’
    • ‘Spice-filled kitchens compete with arranged marriages and vermillion filled partings, all adding up to create an atmosphere of these foreigners and their quaint colourful little ways.’
    • ‘But those fiddly, pretty styles involving clips and partings everywhere are beyond me.’


  • parting of the ways

    • A point at which two people must separate or at which a decision must be taken.

      ‘the best course is to seek an amicable parting of the ways’
      • ‘I don't go out and hire hit men or start saying things like ‘bada bing,’ but we do come to a parting of the ways.’
      • ‘That parting of the ways will mean the end of Caledonian Capital, the joint venture between the Bank of Scotland and the Royal, which was intended to fund major acquisitions and mergers using the combined firepower of the two banks.’
      • ‘Although the insurance company refused to total the vehicle, a cascade of collision related problems over the next eighteen months led to our parting of the ways.’
      • ‘The Japanese occupation and the period directly after the Proklamasi were followed by an extremely painful, violent parting of the ways between our countries and communities.’
      • ‘Five years ago when it became apparent academia and I would come to a parting of the ways, I began to work on building a consulting clientele.’
      • ‘That is hardly surprising because such an acrimonious parting of the ways with the management team almost inevitably means that some tough times clearly lie ahead.’
      • ‘A commercial parting of the ways between Scotland's professional and community clubs - which to all extents and purposes has already happened in footballing terms - is now inevitable.’
      • ‘The Section 28 debacle, which first marked the parting of the ways between Holyrood and Scotland, was an initiative of Wendy Alexander, who was also effectively the author of the Scotland Act.’
      • ‘I think there'll be a natural parting of the ways [with Britain], and I don't see that as a rejection of the monarchy or anything like that.’
      • ‘‘You can portray it as a parting of the ways in some senses,’ conceded one senior New Labour figure who was in at the start of the modernisers' takeover of the party.’
      separation, break-up, splitting up, split, split-up, breaking up, divorce, rift, breach, parting of the ways, estrangement, rupture
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