from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An item of personal property; a chattel.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In law, an article of personal property, or a personal right; a thing.
  • noun Preterit and old past participle of choose.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Law) A thing; personal property.
  • noun a thing of which one has not possession or actual enjoyment, but only a right to it, or a right to demand it by action at law, and which does not exist at the time in specie; a personal right to a thing not reduced to possession, but recoverable by suit at law; as a right to recover money due on a contract, or damages for a tort, which can not be enforced against a reluctant party without suit.
  • noun a thing in possession, as distinguished from a thing in action.
  • noun a thing annexed to a place, as a mill.
  • noun a thing which is movable.
  • imp. & p. p. of choose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past of choose.


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

[French, from Latin causa, thing, case, reason.]



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  • Awfully useful in French, when I can't think of the right word.

    April 28, 2010