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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Party  \Par"ty\,  n.;  pl  {Parties}.  [F.  parti  and  partie,  fr  F. 
  partir  to  part  divide,  L.  partire  partiri  See  {Part},  v.] 
  1.  A  part  or  portion.  [Obs.]  ``The  most  party  of  the  time.'' 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  A  number  of  persons  united  in  opinion  or  action  as 
  distinguished  from  or  opposed  to  the  rest  of  a  community 
  or  association;  esp.,  one  of  the  parts  into  which  a  people 
  is  divided  on  questions  of  public  policy. 
 
  Win  the  noble  Brutus  to  our  party.  --Shak. 
 
  The  peace  both  parties  want  is  like  to  last 
  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  A  part  of  a  larger  body  of  company;  a  detachment; 
  especially  (Mil.),  a  small  body  of  troops  dispatched  on 
  special  service. 
 
  4.  A  number  of  persons  invited  to  a  social  entertainment;  a 
  select  company;  as  a  dinner  party;  also  the 
  entertainment  itself  as  to  give  a  party. 
 
  5.  One  concerned  or  interested  in  an  affair;  one  who  takes 
  part  with  others  a  participator;  as  he  was  a  party  to 
  the  plot;  a  party  to  the  contract. 
 
  6.  The  plaintiff  or  the  defendant  in  a  lawsuit,  whether  an 
  individual,  a  firm,  or  corporation;  a  litigant. 
 
  The  cause  of  both  parties  shall  come  before  the 
  judges.  --Ex.  xxii.  9. 
 
  7.  Hence  any  certain  person  who  is  regarded  as  being  opposed 
  or  antagonistic  to  another. 
 
  It  the  jury  found  that  the  party  slain  was  of 
  English  race,  it  had  been  adjudged  felony.  --Sir  J. 
  Davies. 
 
  8.  Cause  side  interest. 
 
  Have  you  nothing  said  Upon  this  Party  'gainst  the 
  Duke  of  Albany?  --Shak. 
 
  9.  A  person;  as  he  is  a  queer  party.  [Now  accounted  a 
  vulgarism.] 
 
  Note:  ``For  several  generations,  our  ancestors  largely 
  employed  party  for  person;  but  this  use  of  the  word 
  when  it  appeared  to  be  reviving,  happened  to  strike, 
  more  particularly,  the  fancy  of  the  vulgar;  and  the 
  consequence  has  been  that  the  polite  have  chosen  to 
  leave  it  in  their  undisputed  possession.''  --Fitzed. 
  Hall. 
 
  {Party  jury}  (Law),  a  jury  composed  of  different  parties,  as 
  one  which  is  half  natives  and  half  foreigners. 
 
  {Party  man},  a  partisan.  --Swift. 
 
  {Party  spirit},  a  factious  and  unreasonable  temper,  not 
  uncommonly  shown  by  party  men.  --Whately. 
 
  {Party  verdict},  a  joint  verdict.  --Shak. 
 
  {Party  wall}. 
  a  (Arch.)  A  wall  built  upon  the  dividing  line  between 
  two  adjoining  properties,  usually  having  half  its 
  thickness  on  each  property. 
  b  (Law)  A  wall  that  separates  adjoining  houses,  as  in  a 
  block  or  row. 




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