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

  • noun The act of delivering or the condition of being delivered.
  • noun Rescue from bondage or danger.
  • noun A publicly expressed opinion or judgment, such as the verdict of a jury.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of setting free; release or rescue, as from captivity, oppression, danger, or evil of any kind.
  • noun Acquittal of a prisoner by the verdict of a jury.
  • noun Parturition; childbirth; delivery.
  • noun Hence The act of disburdening of anything; especially, the act of disburdening the mind by uttering one's thoughts.
  • noun The act of giving or transferring from one to another.
  • noun Utterance; declaration; also, a particular statement, especially of opinion; specifically, an authoritative or official utterance by speech or writing; a decision in a controversy.
  • noun In Scots law, the expressed decision of a judge or an arbitrator, interim or final. When interim, it is technically called an interlocutor.

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

  • noun The act of delivering or freeing from restraint, captivity, peril, and the like; rescue.
  • noun Archaic Act of bringing forth children.
  • noun Archaic Act of speaking; utterance.
  • noun The state of being delivered, or freed from restraint.
  • noun Scot. Anything delivered or communicated; esp., an opinion or decision expressed publicly.
  • noun (Metaph.) Any fact or truth which is decisively attested or intuitively known as a psychological or philosophical datum.

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

  • noun Act of delivering, the state of being delivered, or something delivered.
  • noun Extrication from danger, imprisonment, rescue etc.

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

  • noun recovery or preservation from loss or danger


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