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

    Compensation for the use or possession of personal property. See 69 N. C. 89, 12 Am. Rep. 642.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    n. Compensation for the use of a thing or for labor or services. Carr v. State, 50 Ind. 180; Learned-Letcher Lumber Co. v. Fowler, 109 Ala. 169, 19 South. 396.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    v. To purchase the temporary use of a thing or to stipulate for the labor or services of another. See Hieing. To engage in service for a stipulated reward, as to hire a servant for a year, or laborers by the day or month; to engage a man to temporary service for wages. To "employ" is a word of more enlarged signification. A man hired to labor is employed, but a man may be employed in a work who is not hired. McCluskey v. Cromwell, 11 N. Y. 605. For definitions of the various species of this class of contracts, under their Latin names, see Locatio and foliowing titles.