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  • GAGE
    n. In old English law. A pawn or pledge; something deposited as security for the performance of some act or the payment of money, and to be forfeited on failure or non-performance. Glanv. lib. 10, c. 6; Britt c. 27. A mortgage is a dead-gage or pledge; for, whatsoever profit More...
    In old English law. When he who has distrained, being sued, has not delivered the cattle distrained, then he shall not only avow the distress, but gager deliverance, i. e., put in surety or pledge that he will deliver them. Fitzh. Nat. Brev.
    Wager of law, (q.,v.)
  • GAIN
    Profits; winnings; increment of value, Gray v. Darlington, 15 Wall. 65, 21 L. Ed. 45; Thorn v. De Breteuil, 86 App. Div. 405, 83 N. Y. Supp. 849.
    The gain or profit of tilled or planted land, raised by cultivating it; and the draught, plow, and furniture for carrying on the work of tillage by the baser kind of sokemen or villeins. Bract. 1. 1. c. 9.
    Tillage, or the profit arising from it, or from the beasts employed therein.
    In old English law. A soke-man; one who occupied or cultivated arable land. Old Nat. Brev. fol. 12.
    A thick wood. Spelman.
  • GALE
    The payment of a rent, tax, duty, or annuity. A gale is the right to open and work a mine within the Hundred of St. Briavel's, or a stone quarry within the open lands of the Forest of Dean. The right is a license or interest in the nature of More...
    In old records. A piratical vessel; a galley.
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