Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    The crime of breaking and entering a dwelling-house in the night-time with intent to commit a felony. See 2 Am. St. Rep. 383.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In criminal law. The breaking and entering the house of another in the night-time, with intent to commit a felon"y therein, whether the felony be actually committed or not. Anderson v. State, 48 Ala. 666, 17 Am. Rep. 36; Benson v. McMahon, 127 XJ. S. 457, 8 Sup. Ct. 1240, 32 L. Ed. 234; Hunter v. State, 29 Ind. 80; State v. Petit, 32 Wash. 129, 72 Pac. 1021; Sinte v. Langford, 12 N. C. 253; State v. McCall, 4 Ala. 644, 39 Am. Dec. 314; State v. Wllson, 1 N. J. Law, 439, 1 Am. Dec. 216; Com. v. Newell, 7 Mass. 245. The common-law definition has been much modified by statute in several of the states. For example: "Every person who enters any house, room, apartment, tenement, shop, warehouse, store, mill, barn, stable, outhouse, or other building, tent, vessel, or rallroad car, with intent to commit grand or petit larceny, or any felony, is guilty of burglary." Pen. Code Cal. ยง 459.