Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In old English law, a writ by which the sheriff of a county palatine was required to summon a jury from the county for the trial of a cause, the record of which was inclosed or sent (hence the name) with the writ.
  • noun In law:
  • noun A precept or command in writing, given by a justice of the peace or other proper officer, directed to the keeper of a prison, requiring him to receive and hold in safe-keeping an offender charged with a crime until he be delivered by due course of law; a warrant of commitment to prison.
  • noun A writ directing the removal of a suit or of a record from the court granting it to another.
  • noun A dismissal from an office or situation.

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

  • noun A precept or warrant granted by a justice for committing to prison a party charged with crime; a warrant of commitment to prison.
  • noun A writ for removing records from one court to another.

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

  • noun law A warrant issued for someone to be taken into custody.
  • noun A writ for moving records from one court to another.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin mittimus (the opening word of such a document), first-person plural of mittō ("send").

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