Legal Term Dictionary

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    A portion of grain given to a mill-servant from tenants who were bound to grind their grain at such mill.
    In English law. The next personal dignity after the nobility. Of knights there are several orders and degrees. The first in rank are knights of the Garter, Instituted by Richard I. and improved by Edward III. in 1344; next follows a knight banneret; then come knights of the Bath, instituted More...
    In English law. An officer in the royal household who has jurisdiction and cognizance of offenses committed within the household and verge, and of all contracts made therein, a member of the household being one of the parties. Wharton.
    A species of feudal tenure, which differed very slightly from a pure and perfect feud, being entirely of a military nature; and it was the flrst, most universal, and most honorable of the feudal tenures. To make a tenure by knight-service, a determinate quantity of land was necessary, which was More...
    A court which used to be held twice a year by the bishop of Hereford, in England.
    An ancient guild or society formed by King Edgar.
    To assign to a bidder at an auction by a knock or blow of the hammer. Property Itf said to be "knocked down" when tbe auctioneer, by the fall of his hammer, or by any other audible or visible announcement, signifles to the bidder that he is entitled to the More...
  • KNOT
    In seamen's language, a "knot" Is a division, of the log-line serving to measure the rate of the vessel's motion. The number of knots which run off from the reel In half a minute shows the number of miles the vessel sails in an hour. Hence when a ship goes More...
    In conveyancing. A form of public address, of great antiquity, and with which many written instruments, such as bonds, letters of attorney, etc., still commence.
    With knowledge; consciously ; intelligently. The use of this word in an indictment is equivalent to an averment that the defendant knew what he was about to do, and, with such knowledge, proceeded to do the act charged. U. S. v. Clay-pool (D. C.) 14 Fed. 128.
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