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    A house or room of strength, In cathedrals, collegiate churches, castles, colleges, public buildings, etc., purposely made for keeping deeds, charters, writings, etc 3 Inst 170.
    In international law and United States statutes, this term includes not only ordnance, ammunition, and other material directly useful in the conduct of a war, but also whatever may contribute to its successful maintenance. such as military stores of all kinds and articles of food. See U. S. v. Sheldon, More...
    Lat. A gift; an office; a benefice or feud. A gladiatorial show or spectacle. Calvin.; Du Cange.
    A toll formerly levied in England for repairing or building public walls.
    The crime committed where a person of sound mind and discretion (that is, of sufficient age to form and execute a criminal design and not legally "insane") kills any human creature in being (excluding quick but unborn children) and in the peace of the state or nation (including all persons More...
    In old English law. The killing of a man in a secret manner.
    Lat The service of work and labor done by inhabitants and adjoining tenants in buildiug or repairing the walls of a city or castle; their personal service was commuted into murage, (q. p.) Cowell.
    In old Scotch law. Mur-ther or murder. Skene.
    A building or institution for the cultivation of science or the exhibition of curiosities or works of art The term "museum" embraces not only collections of curiosities for the entertainment of the sight but also such as would interest, amuse, and instruct the mind. Bos-tick v. Purdy, 5 Stew. & More...
    In old English law. A moss or marsh ground, or a place where sedges grow; a place overrun with moss. Cowell.
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