Partner Part"ner (p[aum]rt"n[~e]r), 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. [1913 Webster]

My other self, the partner of my life. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) An associate in any business or occupation; a member of a partnership. See {Partnership}. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{Dormant partner}, or {Silent partner}. See under {Dormant}, a. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Associate; colleague; coadjutor; confederate; partaker; participator; companion; comrade; mate. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.