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apart from
▪ We didn’t see anyone all day, apart from a couple of kids on the beach.
coming apart at the seams (=failing completely)
▪ She felt as if her life was coming apart at the seams.
falling apart at the seams
▪ The health service is falling apart at the seams.
farther away/apart/down/along etc
▪ The boats were drifting farther and farther apart.
▪ a resort town farther up the coast
farthest away/apart etc
▪ She lived farthest away from school of all of us.
Quite apart from
Quite apart from the cost, we need to think about how much time the job will take.
▪ They used three microphones spaced several yards apart.
▪ As three more shots rang out, the push-chair blew apart.
▪ Others had been hit by pieces of trees or bomb fragments and blown apart.
▪ To stop the people going back, their homes are shelled, shot up and blown apart.
▪ Living away from each other, the extended family has been blown apart.
▪ Everyone on the bridge of the Raubvogel ducked as a pane of glass was blown apart.
▪ The old world has been blown apart.
▪ It was in the film to be blown apart.
▪ The ship had clearly been blown apart.
▪ She curled up in a tight ball as though to stop herself from breaking apart.
▪ Picnickers sat on the stones and they fell over; they broke apart.
▪ But as the temperature of the material rises thermal vibrations cause the pairs to break apart and superconducting ceases.
▪ Either with an-other partner might be a happy person, yet, out of fear they can not break apart.
▪ Quite large accretions of atoms can form, and they can crumble and break apart again.
▪ They frequently shifted and broke apart under the warming sun, sounding like thunder, booming cannonades and shotgun blasts.
▪ His religious faith, which had always been a rationalistic, brittle thing, simply broke apart.
▪ It is, however, the point where the valley comes apart, dividing into a western and an eastern branch.
▪ More often than not, the lashing simply came apart in my hands.
▪ Judi was coming apart inside her waistcoat.
▪ There is a general agreement of how it came apart.
▪ She was an idiot, coming apart at the seams, and she hadn't written a word.
▪ The pilot reported engine problems, and survivors said they could see the left engine begin to come apart.
▪ In fact, the plastic or cloth covering can come apart, exposing the foam padding.
▪ The glass came apart like water splashing, and the nurse threw her hands to her ears.
▪ Later in life, Lewis and his father drifted apart, never to be reconciled.
▪ We grew up, went off to different places, drifted apart.
▪ Jabbing with the point he kept off Alexei's attack until the reaction of their mid-air collision made them drift apart again.
▪ If there is any twosome in a family likely to drift apart, it is a pair of brothers.
▪ If you do nothing, there's a danger you could drift apart.
▪ Amelia was still engaged to Sam Chapman, but in fact she had been drifting apart from him for some time.
▪ Without the cement of regular meetings or contact, they gradually began to drift apart.
▪ Where languages grow most unlike one another as they drift apart is in the shapes of their words.
▪ Mukhamedov's defection two years ago, just as Communism was falling apart, will not be forgiven in a hurry.
▪ My grocery bag started to fall apart, so I held it under my coat.
▪ Conversely, political integration will inevitably fall apart if there is no financial benefit.
▪ I had lost her face and I felt my own features fall apart like an old brick hotel in a Frisco earthquake.
▪ And every so often, of course, things fell apart.
▪ I was able to talk with visitors offering condolences, to endure two memorial ceremonies without falling apart.
▪ The taxi was clattering away and I thought it would fall apart at any moment.
▪ Andy Hertzfeld recalls being so stunned at the defection that he felt the entire project might fall apart.
▪ Such barrenness is the inevitable outcome where two people are growing apart and out of love.
▪ Instead, it was suggested the couple, who married in their early 20s, had simply grown up and grown apart.
▪ Work-inhibited students have not grown apart from their parents and become independent.
▪ Virgin and Coutts had long been growing apart.
▪ You grow apart from certain kind of shows.
▪ He said he and wife Brenda had been growing apart for at least a year.
▪ Just grown apart, Sam supposed.
▪ Similarly the draw will attract as much interest for those it keeps apart as those it brings together.
▪ It was impossible that these two whose hearts were on fire should be kept apart.
▪ The Procedure Committee wanted these three categories to be kept apart.
▪ It was decided that Albright herself be kept apart from those discussions, since she still had to work with Boutros-Ghali.
▪ Until this weekend mother and children had only been kept apart by official engagements.
▪ The arms were kept apart, in precious and beautifully crafted silver cases.
Keep apart from raw foods in the fridge.
▪ Lovers, for example, are generally kept apart by wars or political circumstances rather than by simple misunderstandings.
▪ It's usually a trouble-free procedure, but occasionally there's a problem over whether you've really been living apart.
▪ We have made a decision to live apart.
▪ But the courts will only agree that they're living apart if the husband and wife run totally different lives.
▪ Father and son lived apart and became estranged.
▪ After a short time in Johannesburg, Grace and Herbert started living apart.
▪ Latimer is living apart from people, divorced even from religious faith by his visions, when Charles Meunier pays a visit.
▪ And, of course, not sleep together, which they mustn't do if they're living apart either.
▪ Kathy and I have never lived apart.
▪ But I fear we are now being pulled apart - by commercial pressures and by the changes forced upon the broadcasting environment.
▪ He said something, and they pulled apart and both started talking at once.
▪ The kill is pulled apart in a way most people would find unedifying, despite assurances.
▪ He succeeded in pulling apart my clenched arms and started on my legs.
▪ Then comes anaphase I: the quartet of chromatids are pulled apart so as to form two sets of paired chromatids.
▪ Does the crust separate or pull apart from itself just under the dome?
▪ Concrete is extremely strong when compressed but has no strength at all when pulled apart.
▪ Most of the craft had been cannibalized and ripped apart.
▪ The bomb which ripped apart bus No. 18 in the capital hurled bodies as far as 50 yards.
▪ To produce a sail he had ripped apart his military uniform.
▪ Before our eyes the land is literally being ripped apart.
▪ Three foxes were saved from being savagely ripped apart.
▪ To reward him for this good behavior, I ripped apart the cedar waxwing and handed it to him in little pieces.
▪ The centres of our old cities have been ripped apart to make way for it.
▪ For one, legal training is great for teaching lawyers how to rip apart facts and legal doctrines analytically.
▪ One road is set apart for the testing of the heating apparatus, etc., on vehicles.
Set apart from the rest of the town, the palaces were grouped near that of the Shogun.
▪ Light is set apart From the reality we both restored To one another.
▪ Three or four blackboards, two of them broken, made them seem a little bit set apart.
▪ This balance was what set apart the New Testament view from its Greco-Roman surroundings.
▪ But what sets apart Silvers' Grocery Store and others like it is the upstairs-downstairs, shopkeeper nature of the business.
▪ Traditionally, these days were set apart for special prayer and fasting.
▪ They are used in combination to set apart two main groups, the detrital and the chemical.
▪ The graduate's skull split apart into four pieces like a coconut.
▪ A brother and sister are split apart, and his identity gets swallowed up in an institution.
▪ There was a muffled explosion, and the air beside the sergeant seemed to split apart.
▪ Single-issue, factional politics has split apart the parties' traditional coalitions.
▪ After Beethoven, the two split apart.
▪ He felt his chest chopped down and split apart.
▪ In the post-war world the fireside has been split apart, indeed subsumed to the kitchen.
▪ But for a time in 1990 it seemed likely to split apart.
▪ I recognized that what I liked in Dad and Charlie was their insistence on standing apart.
▪ He was perfectly happy to stand apart from his colleagues.
▪ We observe its regularities, its comings and goings through and in ourselves, yet we are unable to stand apart.
▪ How then do I stand apart?
▪ Philippa, standing apart, knew which man she herself was praying for.
▪ Let them stand apart from the novel itself.
▪ All the farmers stood apart in groups, looking around.
▪ It also stands apart from leading a single initiative.
▪ We need to know how things are related, not just how they can be taken apart.
▪ Beginning next month, more Crissy Field buildings will be taken apart, opening more Bay vistas to hikers and bike riders.
▪ They were tested at speed, with weights and eventually taken apart.
▪ He ended up buying this austere Cistercian monastery, which he had taken apart and shipped to San Francisco.
▪ I had my soul, past and present, taken apart by a psychiatrist.
▪ He started taking apart the engineering of the scene, keeping count of the timing in his head.
▪ As we take apart the fight story, more and more men seem to be pushing in with their own excited commentaries.
▪ Every time I went through an airport security system it was me they took apart.
▪ For those whose lives have been torn apart, Victim Support offers a lifeline.
▪ More water has been destroyed by ultraviolet sunlight, torn apart into oxygen and hydrogen.
▪ In practice instruments could not survive such a journey; they would be torn apart by the increasing gravitational field gradients.
▪ He ripped up grass; tore apart moss; picked up pebbles, sticks, and twigs.
▪ The play portrays a good marriage torn apart by external forces.
▪ At age eight, Ryan tore apart a broken television set and tried to reassemble it.
▪ They feed on large tough fruits and other vegetable matter, including bark which they can tear apart with their strong hands.
▪ Perhaps you tore apart a car engine and reassembled it in moments flat.
be coming/falling apart at the seams
▪ The country's whole economy is coming apart at the seams.
be falling apart
▪ I need some new shoes. These are falling apart.
▪ San Diego's public buildings are falling apart, but the city refuses to do anything about it.
▪ That car of yours is falling apart.
▪ But things were falling apart much earlier than expected.
▪ Everything was falling apart, and I didn't know how to stop it.
▪ How does a man even try to explain that he is falling apart because he doesn't kill people any more?
▪ Mukhamedov's defection two years ago, just as Communism was falling apart, will not be forgiven in a hurry.
▪ She liked her old apartment, but the neighborhood was falling apart.
▪ The 911 system is falling apart.
▪ The Underground seemed to be falling apart.
be poles apart
▪ Tokyo and Washington remain poles apart on the issue of free trade.
▪ I suppose that logicians and physicists normally consider themselves to be poles apart.
▪ Our views may be poles apart but they're not saboteurs.
▪ The results are poles apart in terms of character ... each room has a distinctive style of its own.
▪ The two feelings were poles apart.
▪ Their childhoods, like almost everything else about them, were poles apart.
▪ This is an area of human emotion so fraught with difficulty that attitudes to it are poles apart.
joking apart/aside
▪ Peter joking apart have the tories done themselves any good this week?
pull sb ↔ apart
pull sb/sth ↔ apart
pull sth ↔ apart
pull sth ↔ apart
sb's world/life falls apart
▪ When your world falls apart, do you get mad, get out or get even?
tear sth ↔ apart
▪ Before that you have a genetic desire to inspect everything, to tear everything apart.
▪ I would never have believed then, that jealousy would tear us apart.
▪ It allows the vehicle to manoeuvre without tearing itself apart on the back axle.
▪ Little Charlie and the Nightcats tear things apart tomorrow night.
▪ Reg tore this apart and produced wonderful cool refreshing water which revived us all.
▪ The protest was tearing Holy Trinity apart.
▪ Tigers have attacked the dummies and torn them apart without any sign of being discouraged by the sharp jolt they have received.
▪ Why tear the church apart sO you can see the priest say Mass?
tear sth ↔ apart
▪ Before that you have a genetic desire to inspect everything, to tear everything apart.
▪ I would never have believed then, that jealousy would tear us apart.
▪ It allows the vehicle to manoeuvre without tearing itself apart on the back axle.
▪ Little Charlie and the Nightcats tear things apart tomorrow night.
▪ Reg tore this apart and produced wonderful cool refreshing water which revived us all.
▪ The protest was tearing Holy Trinity apart.
▪ Tigers have attacked the dummies and torn them apart without any sign of being discouraged by the sharp jolt they have received.
▪ Why tear the church apart sO you can see the priest say Mass?
wide open/awake/apart
▪ He sat with his legs wide apart.
▪ It was 3 a.m., but I was wide awake.
▪ The door was wide open when we got here.
▪ After an hour, though still wide awake, I crimped the page and turned off the light.
▪ But from what I gathered at the arts fair, the field is pretty wide open.
▪ My big worry is that the Monster will come wide awake and ruin things with its gross demands.
▪ The doors of the Conch cafe were wide open with no sign of Huong or Anna; they had probably evacuated.
▪ The main door stood wide open making a through draught.
▪ These are still very early days and the options are wide open.
▪ They were certainly the first means of crossing wide open spaces that are still vast and untamed, even today.
▪ Turning the corner into Polly's road, Jack noticed suddenly that the door to her house was wide open.
▪ Helen noticed one little boy standing apart from the rest of the group.
▪ I hate it when we're apart.
▪ Jo and Sam decided to try living apart for a while.
▪ Since the universe began, the galaxies have gradually moved further apart.
▪ Stand on the skis with your feet well apart.
▪ The National Weather Service is forecasting snow in cities as far apart as Atlanta, Boston, and Cleveland.
▪ The seeds should be planted a few inches apart.
▪ The two cities are less than 30 km apart.
▪ The two sets of rival fans had to be kept apart by the police.
▪ The two towns are fifteen miles apart.
▪ We were standing a few feet apart from each other.


  1. adj. remote and separate physically or socially; "existed over the centuries as a world apart"; "preserved because they inhabited a place apart"- W.H.Hudson; "tiny isolated villages remote from centers of civilization"; "an obscure village" [syn: apart(p), isolated, obscure]

  2. not living together as man and wife; "decided to live apart"; "maintaining separate households"; "they are separated" [syn: apart(p), separate, separated]

  3. having characteristics not shared by others; "scientists felt they were a group apart"- Vannever Bush [syn: apart(p)]


  1. adv. separated or at a distance in place or position or time; "These towns are many miles apart"; "stood with his legs apart"; "born two years apart"

  2. not taken into account or excluded from consideration; "these problems apart, the country is doing well"; "all joking aside, I think you're crazy" [syn: aside]

  3. away from another or others; "they grew apart over the years"; "kept apart from the group out of shyness"; "decided to live apart"

  4. placed or kept separate and distinct as for a purpose; "had a feeling of being set apart"; "quality sets it apart"; "a day set aside for relaxing" [syn: aside]

  5. one from the other; "people can't tell the twins apart"

  6. into parts or pieces; "he took his father's watch apart"; "split apart"; "torn asunder" [syn: asunder]


Apart (film)

Apart is a 2011 American drama film directed by Aaron Rottinghaus.

Noah Greene and Emily Gates share the same psychological affliction: induced delusional disorder. They must uncover the mystery of a tragic past in order to find hope in the future. The director, Aaron Rottinghaus, noted in an interview at SXSW 2011 that the film is based on actual case studies of the condition of induced delusional disorder, or folie à deux.

Apart (album)

Apart is the seventh album by composer Paul Schütze, released in 1995 through Virgin Records.

The Collaborative International Dictionary


Apart \A*part"\, adv. [F. [`a] part; (L. ad) + part part. See Part.]

  1. Separately, in regard to space or company; in a state of separation as to place; aside.

    Others apart sat on a hill retired.

    The Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself.
    --Ps. iv. 3.

  2. In a state of separation, of exclusion, or of distinction, as to purpose, use, or character, or as a matter of thought; separately; independently; as, consider the two propositions apart.

  3. Aside; away. ``Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness.''
    --Jas. i. 21.

    Let Pleasure go, put Care apart.

  4. In two or more parts; asunder; to piece; as, to take a piece of machinery apart.



adv. 1 Separately, in regard to space or company; in a state of separation as to place; aside. 2 In a state of separation, of exclusion, or of distinction, as to purpose, use, or character, or as a matter of thought; separately; independently 3 Aside; away. 4 In two or more parts; asunder; to piece prep. (context following its objective complement English) apart from.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary


late 14c., from Old French à part "to the side," from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + partem, accusative of pars "a side" (see part (n.)).

Usage examples of "apart".

Their breaths mingled there between them, their lips mere inches apart, and Abigail could not tear her eyes away from his mesmerizing gaze.

Idea to hearth and home, it would become a new thing, for it would cease to be the thing apart, the ground of all else, the receptacle of absolutely any and every form.

Now the brothers would tear Achar apart in their hatred for each other, tear it apart until finally they stood sword to sword in the Chamber of the Moons.

That there can be no forgiveness of sins, thus no salvation but only eternal damnation, apart from self-examination, the knowledge and acknowledgment, confession and breaking off of sins, that is, apart from repentance?

For this purpose the two plates must be acoustically tuned to each other and placed not too far apart.

Revenge and the hatred for the monsters that tore my body apart, were my major incentives to keep the search for Adeem alive.

Boots, the whole thing should have fallen apart, because Boots is a poster child for gene-pool dilution, but Holovka had made an alliance with an Afghani warlord.

The fireball also blew the aft stack apart, and with it the number-two boiler, which caused a steam explosion from the idling high-pressure steam drum.

The explosion blew apart what had been left of the superstructure, taking with it the masts and antennae as the ship erupted into flames amidships, the fire migrating aft to the fuel tanks, where ruptured fuel lines spewed volatile fuel for the gas turbines into the bilges.

Apart from the requirements of a gradation of ranks, or the consequences of a conquest, the multitude delight to surround their chiefs with privileges--whether it be that their vanity makes them thus to aggrandize one of their own creations, or whether they try to conceal the humiliation of subjection by exaggerating the importance of those who rule them.

She noticed that the two EAs, distinctive in the gold aiguillettes draped over their left shoulders, stood apart from the others and indulged in a subdued conversation.

But even apart from this perversity, his philosophy itself inclines towards a nihilism akin to Satanism.

In order that they might still continue to live and enjoy life as fully as possible, an island off the coast of Alata was set apart for them.

And Alienor could not be her daughter-the two could not be five years apart in age!

Apart from running miles all over the place, we had long periods of PT down on the rain-swept prom with the wind cutting in from the sea on I ALL THYNGS WISE AND WONDERFUL133 our goose-pimpled limbs.