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 forces of nature which are sudden, unusual or unexpected. See 40 Minn. 106, 2 L. R. A. 349, 41 N. W. 940.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The forces of nature. The elements are the mcans through which God acts, and "damages by the elements" means the same thing as "damages by the act of God." Polack v. Pioche, 35 Cal. 416, 95 Ain. Dec. 115; Van Wormer v. Chane, 5l Mich. 363, 16 N. W. 686, 47 Am. Rep. 582; Hatch v. Stamper, 42 Conn. 30; Pope v. Milling Co., 130 Cal. 139, 62 Pan. 384, 53 L. It A. 673, 80 Am. St. Rep. 87.