Dormant, or Silent, partner. See under Dormant, a.

Syn. — Associate; colleague; coadjutor; confederate; partaker; participator; companion; comrade; mate.

(Part"ner), v. t. To associate, to join. [Obs.] Shak.

(Part"ner*ship), n.

1. The state or condition of being a partner; as, to be in partnership with another; to have partnership in the fortunes of a family or a state.

2. A division or sharing among partners; joint possession or interest.

Rome, that ne'er knew three lordly heads before,
First fell by fatal partnership of power.

He does possession keep,
And is too wise to hazard partnership.

3. An alliance or association of persons for the prosecution of an undertaking or a business on joint account; a company; a firm; a house; as, to form a partnership.

(Par*ti"tion) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Partitioned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Partitioning.]

1. To divide into parts or shares; to divide and distribute; as, to partition an estate among various heirs.

2. To divide into distinct parts by lines, walls, etc.; as, to partition a house.

Uniform without, though severally partitioned within.

(Par*ti"tion*ment) n. The act of partitioning.

(Par"ti*tive) a. [Cf. F. partitif.] (Gram.) Denoting a part; as, a partitive genitive.

(Par"ti*tive), n. (Gram.) A word expressing partition, or denoting a part.

(Par"ti*tive*ly), adv. In a partitive manner.

(Part"let) n. [Dim. of part.]

1. A covering for the neck, and sometimes for the shoulders and breast; originally worn by both sexes, but laterby women alone; a ruff. [Obs.] Fuller.

2. A hen; — so called from the ruffing of her neck feathers. "Dame Partlett, the hen." Shak.

(Part"ly), adv. In part; in some measure of degree; not wholly. "I partly believe it." 1 Cor. xi. 18.

(Part"ner) n. [For parcener, influenced by part.]

1. One who has a part in anything with an other; a partaker; an associate; a sharer. "Partner of his fortune." Shak. Hence: (a) A husband or a wife. (b) Either one of a couple who dance together. (c) One who shares as a member of a partnership in the management, or in the gains and losses, of a business.

My other self, the partner of my life.

2. (Law) An associate in any business or occupation; a member of a partnership. See Partnership.

3. pl. (Naut.) A framework of heavy timber surrounding an opening in a deck, to strengthen it for the support of a mast, pump, capstan, or the like.

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