from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of disposing judicially of the cases of all accused persons detained in a prison and awaiting trial.
- n. In English law, the short name of the commission issued to judges of assize, directing them to clear a jail by thus trying, and acquitting or condemning, the inmates.
- n. Hence In England, and also in Delaware (U. S.), the court charged with the trial of ordinary criminal cases. See assize, 6.
- n. The act of setting prisoners loose from a jail; a freeing of imprisoned persons, as by breaking into or out of a jail.
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