from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A contrivance for holding a beginner's hand in a prescribed position while be is learning to write.
- noun A deed which, requiring a counterpart, was engrossed twice on the same piece of parchment with a space between, in which was written a word or words, or the capital letters of the alphabet, through which the parchment was cut and one part given to each party, so that the correspondence of the two might be easily shown.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A writing which, requiring a counterpart, was engrossed twice on the same piece of parchment, with a space between, in which was written the word
chirographum, through which the parchment was cut, and one part given to each party. It answered to what is now called a charter party.
- noun The last part of a fine of land, commonly called the
footof the fine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun law, historical A kind of
mediaeval documentwritten in duplicate(or more) on a single piece of parchment, then cut across a single word, so that each holderof a portion can prove it matches the others.
- noun law, historical A
papal decreewhose circulation, unlike an encyclical, is limited to the Roman curia.
- noun obsolete The last part of a
fineof land; the "foot of the fine".
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A century later, Pope John Paul II wrote his chirograph on sacred music, reminding Catholics that the 1903 work was still valid in essence: that the closer music was to Gregorian chant in form, the more suitable it was for the Mass, and vice versa.
_ -- I have, in a small collection of Sussex deeds, two which present the following peculiarity: they have the usual slip of parchment and lump of wax pendant from the lower edge, but the wax, instead of bearing an armorial figure, a merchant's mark, or any other of the numerous devices formerly employed in the authentication of deeds instead of one's chirograph, has neatly inserted into it a small wreath composed of two or three stalks of grass (or rather hay) carefully plaited, and forming