from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An overseer; a superintendent; specifically, in Scots law, an umpire appointed by a submission to decide where two arbiters have differed in opinion, or named by the arbiters themselves, under powers given them by the submission.
  • noun In lawn-bowls, one who decides as to the value of a shot in case of a dispute.

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

  • noun An overseer; a superintendent.
  • noun (Scots Law) An umpire; a third arbiter, appointed when two arbiters, previously selected, disagree.

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

  • noun An overseer or superintendent.
  • noun Scotland, law An umpire; a third arbiter, appointed when two arbiters disagree.


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  • In his testament, written at Striviling in his "awin dwelling house," on the 5th of that month, as he nominates Mr. Robert Pont, Provost of Trinity College, to act as oversman, and one of his assignees, we may infer, that Clapperton had embraced the reformed doctrines.

    The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)


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