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

    This is said to be a word of very general signification; and, when used to an act, its meaning must be sought out from the act itself, and the language which surrounds It, and also from other acts in pari materia, in which it occurs. Abbott, J., 6 Maule & S. 192. In a large sense, it applies to all utenslls and tools which afford the means of carrying on a trade. But in a more limited sense it means a thing of considerable dimensions, of a fixed or permanent nature, analogous to an erection or building. Id. 182. And see Lefler v. Forsberg, 1 App. D. C. 41; Brown v. Benson, 101 Ga. 753, 29 S. E. 215.