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Definition: search warrant
n : a warrant authorizing law enforcement officials to search
for objects or people involved in the commission of a
crime and to produce them in court; the warrant describes
the locations where the officials may search
English → English
Definition: Search warrant
, n. [Cf. OF. cerche. See Search
, v. t.]
The act of seeking or looking for something; quest; inquiry;
pursuit for finding something; examination.
Thus the orb he roamed
With narrow search, and with inspection deep
Considered every creature. --Milton.
Nor did my search of liberty begin
Till my black hairs were changed upon my chin.
Right of search
(Mar. Law), 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.
(Law), a warrant legally issued, authorizing
an examination or search of a house, or other place, for
goods stolen, secreted, or concealed.
Syn: Scrutiny; examination; exploration; investigation;
research; inquiry; quest; pursuit.
, n. [OE. warant, OF. warant a warrant, a
defender, protector, F. garant, originally a p. pr. pf German
origin, fr. OHG. wer[=e]n to grant, warrant, G. gew["a]hren;
akin to OFries. wera. Cf. Guarantee
1. That which warrants or authorizes; a commission giving
authority, or justifying the doing of anything; an act,
instrument, or obligation, by which one person authorizes
another to do something which he has not otherwise a right
to do; an act or instrument investing one with a right or
authority, and thus securing him from loss or damage;
commission; authority. Specifically:
(a) A writing which authorizes a person to receive money
or other thing.
(b) (Law) A precept issued by a magistrate authorizing an
officer to make an arrest, a seizure, or a search, or
do other acts incident to the administration of
(c) (Mil. & Nav.) An official certificate of appointment
issued to an officer of lower rank than a commissioned
officer. See Warrant officer
2. That which vouches or insures for anything; guaranty;
I give thee warrant of thy place. --Shak.
His worth is warrant for his welcome hither. --Shak.
3. That which attests or proves; a voucher.
4. Right; legality; allowance. [Obs.] --Shak.
. (Law) See in the Vocabulary.
(Com.), a customhouse license or authority.
. (Law) See under General
. See under Land
. (Law) See under Search
Warrant of attorney
(Law), written authority given by one
person to another empowering him to transact business for
him; specifically, written authority given by a client to
his attorney to appear for him in court, and to suffer
judgment to pass against him by confession in favor of
some specified person. --Bouvier.
, a noncommissioned officer, as a sergeant,
corporal, bandmaster, etc., in the army, or a
quartermaster, gunner, boatswain, etc., in the navy.
Warrant to sue and defend
(a) (O. Eng. Law) A special warrant from the crown,
authorizing a party to appoint an attorney to sue or
defend for him.
(b) A special authority given by a party to his attorney
to commence a suit, or to appear and defend a suit in
his behalf. This warrant is now disused. --Burrill.