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

    Discovering a lost chattel; a judicial conclusion of law or fact. See 86 Wis. 648, 57 N. W. 1111.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A decision upon a question of fact reached as the result of a Judicial examination or investigation by a court, Jury, referee, coroner, etc. Williams v. Giblin, 86 Wis. 648, 57 N. W. 1111; Rhodes v. United States Bank, 66 Fed. 514, 13 C. C. A. 612, 34 In R. A. 742.
    —Finding of fact. A determination of a fact by the court, such fact being averred by one party and denied by the other, and the determination being based on the evidence in the case; also the answer of the jury to a specific interrogatory propounded to them as to the existence or non-existence of a fact in issue. Miles v. McCallan, 1 Ariz. 491, 3 Pac. 610; Murphy v. Bennett, 68 Cal. 528, 9 Pac. 738; Morbey v. Railway Co., 116 Iowa, 84, 89 N. W. 105.
    —General and special findings. Where issues of fact in a case are submitted to the court by consent of parties to be tried without a jury, the "finding" is the decision of the court as to the disputed facts, and it may be either general or special, the former being a general statement that the facts are in favor of such a party or entitle him to judgment, the latter being a specific setting forth of the ultimate facte established by the evidence and which are determinative of the judgment which must be given. See Rhodes v. United States Nat. Bank, 66 Fed. 514, 13 C. C. A. 612, 34 It. R. A. 742; Searcy County v. Thompson. 66 Fed. 94, 13 C. C. A. 349; Humphreys v. Third Nat. Bank, 75 Fed. 856, 21 C. C. A. 538.