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
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In old English law. A loud outcry with which felons (such as robbers, burglars, and murderers) were anciently pursued, and which all who heard it were bound to take up, and join in the pursuit, until the malefactor was taken. Bract, fols. 115b, 124; 4 Bl. Comm. 293. A written proclamation issued on the escape of a felon from prison, requiring all officers and pcople to assist in retaking him. 3 HoW. State Tv. 386.