from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A call by an authority to appear, come, or do something.
- n. Law A notice summoning a defendant to appear in court.
- n. Law A notice summoning a person to report to court as a juror or witness.
- transitive v. Law To serve a court summons to.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A call to do something, especially to come.
- n. A notice summoning someone to appear in court, as a defendant, juror or witness.
- v. To serve someone with a summons.
- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of summon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of summoning; a call by authority, or by the command of a superior, to appear at a place named, or to attend to some duty.
- n. A warning or citation to appear in court; a written notification signed by the proper officer, to be served on a person, warning him to appear in court at a day specified, to answer to the plaintiff, testify as a witness, or the like.
- n. A demand to surrender.
- transitive v. To summon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A call, especially by authority or the command of a superior, to appear at a place named, or to attend to some public duty; an invitation, request, or order to go to or appear at some place, or to do some other specified thing; a call with more or less earnestness or insistence.
- In law, a call by authority to appear in a court or before a judicial officer; also, the document by which such call is given; a citation to appear before a judge or magistrate.
- Milit., a call to surrender.
- To serve with a summons; summon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. call in an official matter, such as to attend court
- n. a request to be present
- n. an order to appear in person at a given place and time
- n. a writ issued by authority of law; usually compels the defendant's attendance in a civil suit; failure to appear results in a default judgment against the defendant
But in some ways the phrase summons what has happened in architecture since 9/11.
When the legislature confers on a police officer the same power to deprive an individual of his liberty by arrest with or without a warrant, with all the attendant circumstances, for a trivial offence warranting a fine of a few dollars as it does in the case of robbery or murder, or to arrest when a summons is all that is required, it alienates the public support for law and law enforcement and undermines the authority of all law.
A second messenger interrupted with imperative summons from the council.
There's the literal, like Chocobos, Moogles and certain summons; and the less so, like a particular visual and musical aesthetic, or themes of war ethics or class struggles.
When the extraordinary summons from the lawyers arrives, informing her that she has inherited a property on the demise of a mother she had thought died when she was three, she sets off north in search of answers.
I picked it up like a jury summons, which is to say, unenthusiastically.
Typing his name summons him to a thread, most likely with a string of condescending insults and drummed-up outrage over the fact that we're calling him a troll.
The word summons up images of late-night cram sessions, essays fleshed out with as many adjectives as can fit onto a sheet of wide-ruled paper, bibliographies that are technically works of fiction, and grades that are lower than we secretly believe they ought to be.
Instead, the name summons up unsparing caricature: grime, gangsters, pollution, ugly highways, Byzantine shopping malls, Saharan parking lots and a level of culture somewhere between troglodyte and troll.
On October 13th, 2006, he has received a summons from a Criminal Judge announcing him that he is held responsible of the crime of supporting Israel and also of acting against Palestinian people.