from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A warrant issued by a judge or court ordering the apprehension of an offender.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 justice's warrant.
  • n. See in the Vocabulary.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a warrant authorizing law enforcement officials to apprehend an offender and bring that person to court


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  • 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.

    1968 the Year that Rocked the World

  • He was a State parole absconder, bench warrant issued.

    The Big Nowhere


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