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

    An old English statute regulating weights. See 1 Bl. Comm. 275.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The ordinance of measures. The title of an ancient ordinance, not printed, mentioned in the statute 23 Hen. VIII. c. 4; establishing a standard of measures. 1 Bl. Comm. 275.
    —Composition deed. An agreement embodying the terms of a composition between a debtor and his creditors.
    —Composition in bankruptcy. An arrangement between a bankrupt and his creditors, whereby the amount he can be expected to pay is liquidated, and he is allowed to retain his assets, upon condition of his making the payments agreed upon.
    —Composition of matter. In patent law. A mixture or chemical combination of materials. Goodyear v. Railroad Co., 10 Fed. Cas. 664; Cahill v. Brown, 4 Fed. Cas. 1005; Jacobs v. Baker, 7 Wall. 295, 19 L. Ed. 200.
    —Composition of titbes, or real composition, fimis arises in English ecclesiastical law, when an agreement is made between the owner of lands and the incumbant of a benefice, with the consent of the ordinary and the patron, that the lands shall, for the future, be discharged from payment ef tithes, by reason of some land or other real recompense given in lieu and satisfaction thereof. 2 Bl. Comin. 28; 3 Steph. Comm. 129.