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

    In English practice. When the members of a court are equally divided on the argument showing cause against a rule nisi, no order is made, i. e., the rule is neither discharged nor made absolute, and the rale is said to drop. In practice, there being a right to appeal, it has been usual to make an order in one way, the junior judge withdrawing his judgment. Wharton.