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besant


besant


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Besant  \Be*sant"\,  n. 
  See  {Bezant}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bezant  \Be*zant"\,  n.  [See  {Byzant}.] 
  1.  A  gold  coin  of  Byzantium  or  Constantinople,  varying  in 
  weight  and  value,  usually  (those  current  in  England) 
  between  a  sovereign  and  a  half  sovereign.  There  were  also 
  white  or  silver  bezants.  [Written  also  {besant},  {byzant}, 
  etc.] 
 
  2.  (Her.)  A  circle  in  or  i.  e.,  gold,  representing  the  gold 
  coin  called  bezant.  --Burke. 
 
  3.  A  decoration  of  a  flat  surface,  as  of  a  band  or  belt, 
  representing  circular  disks  lapping  one  upon  another.