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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of partisan2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of partisan.
  • n. A weapon of the 16th and 17th centuries consisting of a pike with a long double-edged blade, similar to a halberd.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An adherent of a party or faction; one who is passionately or very earnestly devoted to a party or interest; specifically, one whose judgment or perception is clouded by a prejudiced adherence to his party.
  • n. Milit., a member of a party or detachment of troops sent on a special enterprise; also, the leader of such a party.
  • Of or pertaining to a party or faction; strongly biased in favor of a party or interest.
  • Milit., engaged on a special enterprise: as, a partizan corps.
  • n. A longhandled cutting weapon used in England and Scotland from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century: a name including also the halberd, fauchard, roncone, etc.
  • n. A man, as a soldier or a guardian of the peace, armed with a partizan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. devoted to a cause or party
  • n. an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity
  • n. a pike with a long tapering double-edged blade with lateral projections; 16th and 17th centuries

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