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

    Initial stage. See 88 Tex. 574, 53 Am. St. Rep. 790, 30 L. R. A. 65, 33 S. W. 652.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Commencement; opening; initiation. The beginning of the operation of a contract or will or of a note, mortgage, lien, etc.; the beginning of a cause or suit in court. Oriental Hotel Co. v. Griffiths, 88 Tex. 574, 33 S. W. 652, 30 In R. A. 765, 53 Am. St Rep. 790; Sullivan v. Coni Co., 94 Tex. 541, 63 S. W. 307; Marvin v. McCul-lum, 20 Johns. (N. Y.) 288; State v. Bollero, 112 La. 850, 36 South. 754.