Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In gunnery: The difference between the semi-diameter of the base-ring at the breech of a gun and that of the ring at the swell of the muzzle.
  • noun A dispart-sight.
  • To divide into parts; separate; sever.
  • In gunnery: To set a mark on the muzzlering of, as a piece of ordnance, so that a sight-line from the top of the base-ring to the mark on or near the muzzle may be parallel to the axis of the bore or hollow cylinder.
  • To make allowance for the dispart in, when taking aim.
  • To separate; open; break up.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To separate, to open; to cleave.
  • noun (Gun.) The difference between the thickness of the metal at the mouth and at the breech of a piece of ordnance.
  • noun (Gun.) A piece of metal placed on the muzzle, or near the trunnions, on the top of a piece of ordnance, to make the line of sight parallel to the axis of the bore; -- called also dispart sight, and muzzle sight.
  • transitive verb Archaic To part asunder; to divide; to separate; to sever; to rend; to rive or split
  • transitive verb (Gun.) To make allowance for the dispart in (a gun), when taking aim.
  • transitive verb (Gun.) To furnish with a dispart sight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To part, separate.
  • verb obsolete To divide, divide up, distribute.
  • verb transitive To furnish with a dispart sight.
  • verb transitive To make allowance for the dispart in (a gun), when taking aim.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Italian dispartire and its source, Latin dispartire.

Examples

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  • "to set a mark on the muzzle ring of a cannon, so that it may be of an equal height with the base ring: hence a line drawn between them will be parallel to the axis of the piece: it serves as a line of sight." (citation in list description)

    October 9, 2008