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

    Lat. A spear. In the Roman law, a spear was the sign of a public sale of goods or sale by auction. Hence the phrase "hastæ subjicere" (to put under the spear) meant to put up at auction. Calvin. In feudal law. A spear. The symbol used in making investiture of a fief. Feud, lib. 2, tit. 2.