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    To assemble together troops and their arms, whether for inspection, drill, or service in the field. To take recruits into the service in the army and Inscribe their names on the muster-roll or official record. See Tyler v. Pomeroy, 8 Allen (Mass.) 498. -Muster-master. One who superintended the muster to More...
    A name given to the issue of an Indian and a negro. Miller v. Dawson, Pud. (S. C.) 174.
    A kennel of hounds; one of the mortuaries to which the crown was entitled at a bishop's or abbot's decease. 2 Bl. Comm. 420.
    Lat In the civil law. Change of name. Cod. 9, 25.
    In French law. This term is synonymous with "change," and is especially applied to designate the change which takes place in the property of a thing in its transmission from one person to another. Mutation, therefore, happens when the owner of the thing sells, exchanges, or gives it. Merl. Rupert.
    In practice. An amendment allowed to a libel, by which there is an alteration of the substance of the libel, as by propounding a new cause of action, pr asking one thing instead of another. Dunl. Adm. Pr. 213.
    Lat. With the necessary changes in points of detail.
  • MUTE
    Speechless; dumb; that cannot or will not speak. In English criminal law, a prisoner is said to stand mute when, being arraigned for treason or felony, he either makes no answer at all, or answers foreign to the purpose or with such matter as is not allowable, and will not More...
    As applied to written documents, such as wills, court records, and the like, this term means rendering the document Imperfect by the subtraction from it of some essential part, as, by cutting, tearing, burning, or erasure, but without totally destroying it. See Woodflll y. Patton, 76 Ind. 583, 40 Am. More...
    Insubordinate; disposed to mutiny; tending to incite or encourage mutiny.
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