from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The right of a warring nation to stop a neutral vessel on the high seas and search it for contraband.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the right of the lawfully commissioned cruisers of belligerent nations to examine and search private merchant vessels on the high seas, for the enemy's property or for articles contraband of war.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the right of a belligerent to stop neutral ships on the high seas in wartime and search them
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This right of search perhaps annoyed the Americans even more than the Berlin Decree or the Orders in Council, as the