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

    The effect of combustion. The juridical meaning of the word does not differ from the vernacular. 1 Pars. Mae, Law, 231, et seq.
    —Fire and sword, letters of. In old Scotch law. Letters issued from the privy council in Scotland, addressed to the sheriff of the county, authorizing him to call for the assistance of the county to dispossess a tenant retaining possession, contrary to the order of a judge or the sentence of a court. Wharton.
    —Firearms. This word comprises nil sorts of guns, fowling-pieces, blunderbusses, pistols, etc. Harris v. Cameron, 81 Wis. 239, 51 N. W. 437, 29 Am. St. Rep. 891; Atwood v. State, 53 Ala. 509; Whitney Arms Co., v. Barlow, 38 N. Y. Super. Ct. 563.
    —Firehare. A beacon or high tower by the seaside, wherein are continual lights, either to direct sailors in the night, or to give warning of the approach of an enemy. Cowell.
    —Fire-bote. An allowance of wood or estovers to maintain competent firing for the tenant. A sufficient allowance of wood to bnrn in a house. 1 Washb. Real Prop. 99.
    —Fire district. One of the districts into which a city may be (and commonly is) divided for the purpose of more efficient service by the fire department in the extinction of fires. Des Moines v. Gilchrist, 07 Iowa, 210, 25 N. W. 136.
    —Fire insurance. See Insurance.
    —Fire ordeal. See Ordeal.
    —Fire policy. A policy of fire insurance. See Insurance.
    —Fire-proof. To say of any article that it is "fire-proof" conveys no other idea than that the material out of which it is formed is incombustible. To say of a building that it is fire-proof excludes the idea that it is of wood, and necessarily implies that it is of some substance fitted for the erection of fire-proof buildings. To say of a certain portion of a building that it is fire-proof suggests a comparison between that portion and other parts of the building not so characterized, and warrants the conclusion that it is of a different material. Hickey v. Morrell, 102 N. Y. 459, 7 N. E. 321, 55 Am. Rep. 824.
    —Firewood. Wood suitable for fuel, not including standing or felled timber which is suitable and valuable for other purposes. Hogan v. Hogan, 102 Mich. 641, 61 N. W. 73.