partisan

P`ARTISAN, n. s as z.

1. An adherent to a party or faction.

2. In war, the commander of a party or detachment of troops, sent on a special enterprise hence,

3. By way of distinction, a person able in commanding a party, or dexterous in obtaining intelligence, intercepting convoys or otherwise annoying an enemy.

4. A commander's leading staff.

5. A kind of halbert.