American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A warrant issued by a judge or court ordering the apprehension of an offender.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, a warrant issued by a judge or court, or by order of a judge or court, for the apprehension of an offender: so called in opposition to a justice's warrant, issued by an ordinary justice of the peace or police magistrate.
- n. An arrest warrant issued by a court against a person guilty of some contempt or indicted for some crime, authorizing his or her arrest on sight.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Law) A process issued by a presiding judge or by a court against a person guilty of some contempt, or indicted for some crime; -- so called in distinction from a
- n. (Law) See in the Vocabulary.
- n. a warrant authorizing law enforcement officials to apprehend an offender and bring that person to court
“The next day Paterson mayor Frank X. Graves, contending that he had received numerous calls about the drug confession, got a bench warrant for the younger Ginsberg's arrest, whereupon the police found and detained a man with a beard and glasses, mistaking him for the wanted poet, who was by then safely back in the East Village.”
“He was a State parole absconder, bench warrant issued.”
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