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for the most part
adv : in large part; mainly or chiefly; “These accounts are
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Definition: For the most part
(p[aum]rt), n. [F. part, L. pars, gen. partis; cf.
parere to bring forth, produce. Cf. Parent
1. One of the portions, equal or unequal, into which anything
is divided, or regarded as divided; something less than a
; a number, quantity, mass, or the like, regarded
as going to make up, with others, a larger number,
quantity, mass, etc., whether actually separate or not; a
piece; a fragment; a fraction; a division; a member; a
And kept back part of the price, . . . and brought a
certain part and laid it at the apostles'feet.
--Acts v. 2.
Our ideas of extension and number -- do they not
contain a secret relation of the parts ? --Locke.
I am a part of all that I have met. --Tennyson.
2. Hence, specifically:
(a) An equal constituent portion; one of several or many
like quantities, numbers, etc., into which anything is
divided, or of which it is composed; proportional
division or ingredient.
An homer is the tenth part of an ephah. --Ex.
A thought which, quartered, hath but one part
And ever three parts coward. --Shak.
(b) A constituent portion of a living or spiritual whole;
a member; an organ; an essential element.
All the parts were formed . . . into one
harmonious body. --Locke.
The pulse, the glow of every part. --Keble.
(c) A constituent of character or capacity; quality;
faculty; talent; -- usually in the plural with a
collective sense. “Men of considerable parts.”
--Burke. “Great quickness of parts.”
Which maintained so politic a state of evil,
that they will not admit any good part to
intermingle with them. --Shak.
(d) Quarter; region; district; -- usually in the plural.
“The uttermost part of the heaven.”
--Neh. i. 9.
All parts resound with tumults, plaints, and
(e) (Math.) Such portion of any quantity, as when taken a
certain number of times, will exactly make that
quantity; as, 3 is a part of 12; -- the opposite of
. Also, a line or other element of a
3. That which belongs to one, or which is assumed by one, or
which falls to one, in a division or apportionment; share;
portion; lot; interest; concern; duty; office.
We have no part in David. --2 Sam. xx.
Accuse not Nature! she hath done her part;
Do thou but thine. --Milton.
Let me bear
My part of danger with an equal share. --Dryden.
4. Hence, specifically:
(a) One of the opposing parties or sides in a conflict or
a controversy; a faction.
For he that is not against us is on our part.
--Mark ix. 40.
Make whole kingdoms take her brother's part.
(b) A particular character in a drama or a play; an
assumed personification; also, the language, actions,
and influence of a character or an actor in a play;
or, figuratively, in real life; as, to play the part
of Macbeth. See To act a part
, under Act
Was aptly fitted and naturally performed.
It was a brute part of him to kill so capital a
Honor and shame from no condition rise;
Act well your part, there all the honor lies.
(c) (Mus.) One of the different melodies of a concerted
composition, which heard in union compose its harmony;
also, the music for each voice or instrument; as, the
treble, tenor, or bass part; the violin part, etc.
For my part
, so far as concerns me; for my share.
For the most part
. See under Most
In good part
, as well done; favorably; acceptably; in a
friendly manner; as, to take an act in good part.
In ill part
, unfavorably; with displeasure.
, in some degree; partly.
Part and parcel
, an essential or constituent portion; -- a
reduplicative phrase. Cf. might and main
, kith and kin
, etc. “She was . . . part and parcel of the race and
Part of speech
(Gram.), a sort or class of words of a
particular character; thus, the noun is a part of speech
denoting the name of a thing; the verb is a part of speech
which asserts something of the subject of a sentence.
(Law), one of several owners or tenants in
common. See Joint tenant
, under Joint
, singing in which two or more of the harmonic
parts are taken.
, a song in two or more (commonly four) distinct
vocal parts. “A part song differs from a madrigal in its
exclusion of contrapuntual devices; from a glee, in its
being sung by many voices, instead of by one only, to each
--Stainer & Barrett.
Syn: Portion; section; division; fraction; fragment; piece;
share; constituent. See Portion
, and Section
(m[=o]st), a., superl. of More
. [OE. most, mast,
mest, AS. m[=ae]st; akin to D. meest, OS. m[=e]st, G. meist,
Icel. mestr, Goth. maists; a superl. corresponding to E.
more. [root]103. See More
1. Consisting of the greatest number or quantity; greater in
number or quantity than all the rest; nearly all. “Most
men will proclaim every one his own goodness.”
The cities wherein most of his mighty works were
done. --Matt. xi.
2. Greatest in degree; as, he has the most need of it. “In
the moste pride.”
3. Highest in rank; greatest. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
Note: Most is used as a noun, the words part, portion,
quantity, etc., being omitted, and has the following
meanings: 1. The greatest value, number, or part;
preponderating portion; highest or chief part. 2. The
utmost; greatest possible amount, degree, or result;
especially in the phrases to make the most of, at the
most, at most.
A quarter of a year or some months at the most.
A covetous man makes the most of what he has.
For the most part
, in reference to the larger part of a
thing, or to the majority of the persons, instances, or
things referred to; as, human beings, for the most part,
are superstitious; the view, for the most part, was
Most an end
, generally. See An end
, under End
[Obs.] “She sleeps most an end.”