Definition of parting noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɑːtɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːrtɪŋ//
    Describing hair
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the act or occasion of leaving a person or place the moment of parting We had a tearful parting at the airport.
  2. 2(British English) (North American English part) [countable] a line on a person’s head where the hair is divided with a comb a side/centre parting See related entries: Describing hair
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] the act or result of dividing something into parts the parting of the clouds The boat made a parting through the duckweed.
  4. Extra examples It was an amicable parting and we greatly value the years we spent together. She was already dreading the moment of parting. The divorce was a bitter parting that cost him financially as well as emotionally. We’ve come to a parting of the ways.Idioms
    a/the parting of the ways
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    a point at which two people or groups of people decide to separate These events led to a final parting of the ways.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: parting