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

    Anything with which death can be easily and readily produced. See 146 Mo. 6, 9 Am. St. Rep. 598, 47 S. W. 892.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Such weapons or Instruments as are made and designed for offensive or defensive purposes or for the destruction of life or the infliction of injury. Com. v. Branham, 8 Bush (Ky.) 387. A deadly weapon is one likely to produce death or great bodily harm. People v. Fuqua, 58 Cal. 245. A deadly weapon ls one which in the manner used is capable of producing death, or of inflicting great bodily injury, or seriously wounding. McReynolds v. State, 4 Tex. App. 327.