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 (pē′zə, -zä)
A city of western Italy on the Arno River near the Tyrrhenian Sea. An important Etruscan town, it developed into a powerful maritime republic in the 9th to 11th centuries but was crushed by Genoa in 1284. Florence controlled the city after 1406. The campanile of its cathedral, built 1173-c. 1350, is the famed Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Pi′san adj. & n.


(ˈpiːzə; Italian ˈpiːsa)
(Placename) a city in Tuscany, NW Italy, near the mouth of the River Arno: flourishing maritime republic (11th–12th centuries), contains a university (1343), a cathedral (1063), and the Leaning Tower (begun in 1174 and about 5 m (17 ft) from perpendicular); tourism. Pop: 89 694 (2001)


(ˈpi zə, -zɑ)

a city in NW Italy, on the Arno River: leaning tower. 103,527.
Pi′san, adj., n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Pisa - a city in TuscanyPisa - a city in Tuscany; site of the famous Leaning Tower
Leaning Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa - a tall round marble campanile in Pisa that is not perpendicular; construction was begun in 1174
Toscana, Tuscany - a region in central Italy
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The king, however, having acquired Lombardy, regained at once the authority which Charles had lost: Genoa yielded; the Florentines became his friends; the Marquess of Mantua, the Duke of Ferrara, the Bentivogli, my lady of Forli, the Lords of Faenza, of Pesaro, of Rimini, of Camerino, of Piombino, the Lucchese, the Pisans, the Sienese--everybody made advances to him to become his friend.
To be buried in such ground was regarded by the ancient Pisans as being more potent for salvation than many masses purchased of the church and the vowing of many candles to the Virgin.
A Pisan antiquarian gave me an ancient tear-jug which he averred was full four thousand years old.
After all, you can't be ruled by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Goths, Saracens, Pisans and Aragonese and fail to pick up a bit of history along the way.
1) Galilei intended it, of course, for star gazing, but his loftier intentions were not shared by the Pisans.
According to Sebastiano Franci, the Milanese Enlightenment reformer, who wrote in 1764: "Around the 13th century, the Florentines, Pisans, Amalfitans, Venetians and Genoese began adopting a different policy for enhancing their wealth and power because they noticed that the sciences, the cultivation of land, the application of the arts and of industry, and the introduction of extensive trade could produce a large population, provide for their countless needs, sustain great luxury and gain immense riches without having to add more territories.
When the mind swings by a grass-blade / an ant's forefoot shall save you," Pound observed in one of the Pisans.