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

    A written order drawn on one person to pay money to another.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The common term for a bill of exchange; as being drawn by one person on another. Hinnemann v. Rosenback, 39 N. Y. 100; Douglass v. Wilkeson, 6 Wend. (N. Y.) 643. An order for the payment of money drawn by one person on another. It is said to be a women generalissimum, and to include all such orders. Wildes v. Savage, 1 Story, 30, 29 Fed. Cas. 1226; State v. Warner, 60 Kan. 94, 55 Pac. 342. Draft alao signifies a tentative, provisional, or preparatory writing out of any document (as a wlll, contract, lease, etc.) for purposes of discussion and correction, and which is afterwards to be copied out in its final shape Also a small arbitrary deduction or allowance made to a merchant or importer, in the case of goods sold by weight or taxable by weight, to cover possible loss of weight in handling or from differences in scales. Marriott v. Brune, 9 How. 633, 13 L. Ed. 282; Seeberger v. Mfg. Co., 157 U. S. 183, 15 Sup. Ct. 583, 39 In Ed. 665; Napier v. Barney, 17 Fed. Cas. 1149.