Court

Definitions

  • the Court of The Small Temple
    the Court of The Small Temple
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v court make amorous advances towards "John is courting Mary"
    • v court engage in social activities leading to marriage "We were courting for over ten years"
    • v court seek someone's favor "China is wooing Russia"
    • n court respectful deference "pay court to the emperor"
    • n court an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings "the house was built around an inner court"
    • n court a specially marked horizontal area within which a game is played "players had to reserve a court in advance"
    • n court a room in which a lawcourt sits "television cameras were admitted in the courtroom"
    • n court the residence of a sovereign or nobleman "the king will visit the duke's court"
    • n court a tribunal that is presided over by a magistrate or by one or more judges who administer justice according to the laws
    • n court a hotel for motorists; provides direct access from rooms to parking area
    • n court the sovereign and his advisers who are the governing power of a state
    • n court the family and retinue of a sovereign or prince
    • n court an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business
    • n Court Australian woman tennis player who won many major championships (born in 1947)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

St. Louis Street, Place D'Armes, and New Court House St. Louis Street, Place D'Armes, and New Court House
Fountain Court, Temple Fountain Court, Temple
Fountain in Court at Damascus Fountain in Court at Damascus
COUNTY COURT HOUSE, GORHAM STREET, 1860 COUNTY COURT HOUSE, GORHAM STREET, 1860
Puss at Court music Puss at Court music
COLUMBUS AT COURT COLUMBUS AT COURT
AL. G. FIELD, COURT AND SCOTT AL. G. FIELD, COURT AND SCOTT
GRANADA. The Alhambra, Court of Lions GRANADA. The Alhambra, Court of Lions

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Massachusetts law declares that peanuts may not be eaten in court.
    • Court A place arranged for playing the game of tennis; also, one of the divisions of a tennis court.
    • Court (Law) A tribunal established for the administration of justice.
    • Court An inclosed space; a courtyard; an uncovered area shut in by the walls of a building, or by different building; also, a space opening from a street and nearly surrounded by houses; a blind alley. "The courts of the house of our God.""And round the cool green courts there ran a row
      Of cloisters."
      "Goldsmith took a garret in a miserable court ."
    • Court Any formal assembling of the retinue of a sovereign; as, to hold a court . "The princesses held their court within the fortress."
    • Court Any jurisdiction, civil, military, or ecclesiastical.
    • Court Attention directed to a person in power; conduct or address designed to gain favor; courtliness of manners; civility; compliment; flattery. "No solace could her paramour intreat
      Her once to show, ne court , nor dalliance."
      "I went to make my court to the Duke and Duchess of Newcastle."
    • Court The collective body of persons composing the retinue of a sovereign or person high in authority; all the surroundings of a sovereign in his regal state. "My lord, there is a nobleman of the court at door would speak with you.""Love rules the court , the camp, the grove."
    • Court (Law) The hall, chamber, or place, where justice is administered.
    • Court (Law) The judge or judges; as distinguished from the counsel or jury, or both.
    • Court (Law) The persons officially assembled under authority of law, at the appropriate time and place, for the administration of justice; an official assembly, legally met together for the transaction of judicial business; a judge or judges sitting for the hearing or trial of causes.
    • Court The residence of a sovereign, prince, nobleman, or other dignitary; a palace. "Attends the emperor in his royal court .""This our court , infected with their manners,
      Shows like a riotous inn."
    • Court The session of a judicial assembly.
    • Court To attempt to gain; to solicit; to seek. "They might almost seem to have courted the crown of martyrdom.""Guilt and misery . . . court privacy and solitude."
    • Court To endeavor to gain the affections of; to seek in marriage; to woo. "If either of you both love Katharina . . . Leave shall you have to court her at your pleasure."
    • Court To endeavor to gain the favor of by attention or flattery; to try to ingratiate one's self with. "By one person, hovever, Portland was still assiduously courted ."
    • Court To invite by attractions; to allure; to attract. "A well-worn pathway courted us
      To one green wicket in a privet hedge."
    • Court To play the lover; to woo; as, to go courting .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: suit against G-d. He won because the defendant never showed up in court.
    • n court An inclosed space connected with a building or buildings of any kind, and serving properly for their particular uses or service; a courtyard. It may be surrounded wholly or in part by a wall or fence, or by buildings, and is sometimes covered over entirely or partially with glass, as is common in the case of the central courts of large French buildings.
    • n court A short arm of a public street, inclosed on three sides by buildings: as, the former Jauncey court on Wall street in New York.
    • n court A smooth, level plot of ground or floor, on which tennis, rackets, or hand-ball is played. See tennis-court.
    • n court A palace; the residence of a sovereign or other high dignitary; used absolutely, the place where a sovereign holds state, surrounded by his official attendants and tokens of his dignity: as, to be presented at court.
    • n court All the surroundings of a sovereign in his regal state; specifically, the collective body of persons who compose the retinue or council of a sovereign or other princely dignitary.
    • n court The hall, chamber, or place where justice is administered.
    • n court In law, a tribunal duly constituted, and present at a time and place fixed pursuant to law, for the judicial investigation and determination of controversies. The court is not the judge or judges as individuals, but only when at the proper time and place they exercise judicial powers. Courts are of record (that is, such that their proceedings are enrolled for perpetual memory) or not of record, general or local, of first instance or appellate, etc. The judicial system differs in different States and countries, and is constantly being modified. See phrases below.
    • n court Any jurisdiction, customary, ecclesiastical, or military, conferring the power of trial for offenses, the redress of wrongs, etc.: as, a manorial court; an archbishop's court; a court martial.
    • n court A session of a court in either of the two last preceding senses.
    • n court The meeting of a corporation or the principal members of a corporation: as, the court of directors; the court of aldermen.
    • n court Attention directed to a person in power; address to make favor; the art of insinuation; the art of pleasing; significant attention or adulation: as, to make court (that is, to attempt to please by flattery and address); to pay court (to approach with gallantries, to woo).
    • n court In some States, a county court charged with the financial business of the county.
    • n court The soldiers composing the guard.
    • n court A designation frequently prescribed by law, particularly in the United States, for a local court in a particular county or city, superior in jurisdiction to the lower class of inferior courts existing in the counties and towns throughout the State: as, the Superior Court of the city of New York; the Superior Court of Cincinnati; the Superior Court of Cook county (Chicago). In Connecticut and Georgia the highest court of original jurisdiction is termed the Superior Court. In Kentucky the name is given to an intermediate court of appeal.
    • court Pertaining to a court; adhering to a royal court; characteristic of courts: as, court manners; the court party in the civil wars of England.
    • court To pay court to; endeavor to gain the favor of; try to win over by plausible address; seek to ingratiate one's self with, as by flattery or obsequious attentions.
    • court To seek the love of; pay addresses to; woo; solicit in marriage.
    • court To attempt to gain by address; solicit; seek: as, to court commendation or applause.
    • court To hold out inducements to; invite.
    • court To act the courtier; imitate the manners of the court.
    • court To pay one's addresses; woo.
    • n court Among Foresters and some other friendly societies, a local branch or lodge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The oldest tennis court in the world is the one built at Hampton Court in 1530 for Henry VIII.
    • n Court kōrt a space enclosed: a space surrounded by houses: the palace of a sovereign: the body of persons who form his suite or council: attention: civility, as 'to pay court:' (law) the hall of justice; the judges and officials who preside there: any body of persons assembled to decide causes, whether civil, military, or ecclesiastical
    • v.t Court to pay attentions to: to woo: to solicit: to seek
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Quotations

  • Henry Waldorf Francis
    Henry Waldorf Francis
    “Dictum is what a court thinks but is afraid to decide.”
  • Arthur Train
    Arthur Train
    “Court... a place where they dispense with justice.”
  • Clarence Darrow
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    “There is no such thing as justice, in or out of court.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
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    “This is a court of law young man, not a court of justice.”
  • Robert Owen
    Robert Owen
    “Courts of law, and all the paraphernalia and folly of law cannot be found in a rational state of society.”
  • Gabriela Sabatini
    Gabriela Sabatini
    “When I lose a match, I know that I lose on the court and not in life.”

Idioms

Ball is in your court - If the ball is in your court, it is up to you to make the next decision or step.
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Kangaroo court - When people take the law into their own hands and form courts that are not legal, these are known as kangaroo court.
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The ball's in your court - If somebody says this to you, they mean that it's up to you to decide or take the next step.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. court, curt, cort, F. cour, LL. cortis, fr. L. cohors, cors, chors, gen. cohortis, cortis, chortis, an inclosure, court, thing inclosed, crowd, throng; co-, + a root akin to Gr. chorto`s inclosure, feeding place, and to E. garden, yard, orchard,. See Yard, and cf. Cohort Curtain

Usage

In literature:

When the court house bell rang in the morning he went over, and up the stairway, into the court room, just as the judge called for motions.
"Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight" by Mathew Joseph Holt
Court festivities and public acts, attended by the court, seem to be specially arranged to pillorize me and husband.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
I have already written to the Committee, that the Court of Vienna found the pretensions of this Court extravagant.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX" by Various
Henry had warm friends in the court of Navarre and in the court of St.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
The old building and the additions then erected enclose a large quadrangular court.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
You would not wish her to give up the house in Munster Court?
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
Immediately after the convention closed a mass meeting was held in the court-house of Atlanta.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
The friends of this Court all know that if there is any vice this Court abhors it is intoxication.
"Law and Laughter" by George Alexander Morton
This was largely due to the efforts of Justice William Hitz, of the District Supreme Court.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
If he is not, then this is to be filed by the finder, unopened, in the probate court.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Yes, the great rugged Missourian had his disdain too, and for none other than the darling beauty of two imperial courts.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
When I'm elected next month, I'm going to make her my court stenographer!
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
The royal cavalcade was drawn up in the court-yard of the palace.
"Maria Antoinette" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Sapps Court was looking forward to Christmas with mixed feelings, considered as a Court.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
His chambers were in an adjoining court of the Temple.
"The Queen Against Owen" by Allen Upward
I never courted either fame or interest, and my manner of life, to those who know it, will justify what I say.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
Is it innocent in a lawyer to ask the court to do a wicked thing, to urge the court to do it?
"The Trial of Theodore Parker" by Theodore Parker
The Court of Requests, commonly called the Court of Conscience.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
I am one who hath come to rescue that lady and her court from their distress and anxiety.
"The Story of Sir Launcelot and His Companions" by Howard Pyle
They chased wildly and incessantly around the court, and a continuous yelping accompanied their stormy career.
"The Lost Manuscript" by Gustav Freytag
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In poetry:

Said the Representative Skeleton
I object
Said the Supreme Court skeleton
Whaddya expect
"Ballad Of The Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg
Soft the wind as rustling silk
On a courtly lady;
Tinkles down the flowing milk;
Huge and still and shady
"Bouche-Mignonne" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
"I am na courtier, fair maid,
But new come frae the sea;
I am nae courtier, fair maid,
But when I court'ith thee.
"The Bonny Hind" by Andrew Lang
In this renown'd imperial seat
The prince then held his court:
The name I ask you to repeat
Of the belov'd resort.
"Enigma XXVI." by Elizabeth Hitchener
Unlike the dames of modern days,
Who general homage claim;
Who court the universal gaze,
And pant for public fame.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
He saw her hand jump at her side
Ere royally she smiled
On Louis and his fair young bride
Where courtly ranks defiled.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith

In news:

Mac Court wasn't always Mac Court.
He had problems on court in New York, but former Knicks' star Stephon Marbury was scoring plenty at home — with his family's personal chef, bombshell court papers reveal.
As Fayette State Court Judge, I have the privilege each day of ensuring that citizens of this county have access to the court and criminal justice system.
The double Oscar winner filed the petition on April 23 in Marin County Superior Court in San Rafael, Calif, according to court papers.
Michigan court limits US Supreme Court juvenile lifer ruling.
Pennsylvania's highest court is moving quickly to determine how the state should respond to a recent US Supreme Court ruling that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional.
Lindsay Lohan Arrives In Court Lindsay Lohan arrives to yet another court hearing.
Brandon Riddle Terrell, the 24 year old man accused of stabbing to death a Lake of the Pines Man, was due in court to enter a plea yesterday but had his case continued by the court appointed public defender Jody Shuts to April 26th.
Supreme Court asks lower court to reconsider.
Supreme Court refuses to block lower court ruling on early voting in Ohio.
Appeals court orders lower court to reconsider decision.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court sends Voter ID back to lower court .
Michigan high court orders lower court to rule on "Protect Our Jobs" ballot proposal.
Voter ID law opponents ask Supreme Court to let lower court 's ruling stand.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a lower court to decide whether Congress has the authority to allow Americans born in Jerusalem to claim Israel as their birthplace on their passports.
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In science:

John Doe was found guilty of the murder. (2) The court found John Doe guilty of the murder of Jane Doe last August and sentenced him to life.
Centroid-based summarization of multiple documents: sentence extraction, utility-based evaluation, and user studies
Hence, the ball is in the experimental court.
Experimental Search for Pentaquarks
The ball is clearly in the theorists’ court, and the new data provide ample motivation to address this issue vigorously.
Quark Matter 2005 -- Theoretical Summary
Stachel, J. J., “The Relations between Things” versus “The Things between Relations”: The Deeper Meaning of the Hole Argument, in Reading Natural Philosophy/Essays in the History and Philosophy of Science and Mathematics, Malament, D. B. (Ed.), Open Court, Chicago and LaSalle, Illinois (2002).
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
Supreme Court Judge’s opinion on an entirely different sub ject.
Astrophysics in 2005
Integral field (or 3D) spectroscopy is a modern technique in astrophysical observing that was proposed by Georges Court´es in the late 60’s.
Formation and Evolution of Dwarf Elliptical Galaxies
And here, with the courtly old gentleman’s hand still on the girl’s knee, we must leave you to go do our income taxes.
Astrophysics in 2006
Lett. B 447, 127. Howson, C., and Urbach, P.: 1989, Scientific Reasoning: The Bayesian Approach, Open Court, La Salle, Illinois, p. 26. Lande, K., et al., 1992: AIP Conf.
Analysis and packaging of radiochemical solar neutrino data. 1. Bayesian approach
Senenmut originally entered the royal court during the reign of Tuthmosis II, under Hatshepsut he would eventually hold over 80 titles (Dorman 1988) during his period as an official and administrator working in the royal court.
Senenmut: An Ancient Egyptian Astronomer
Beside the offices mentioned above, which he surely executed, he also got numerous ”courtly titles” - like the one called ”Only friend of the Pharao”.
Senenmut: An Ancient Egyptian Astronomer
It is said to be regular singular tout court if it is regular singular both at 0 and at ∞.
Arithmetic theory of q-difference equations (G_q-functions and q-difference modules of type G, global q-Gevrey series)
Au and 186Au were first observed by Albouy et al. in 1960 with spallation reactions: Noveaux isotopes de p ´eriode courte obtenus par spallation de l’or .
Discovery of the Gold Isotopes
Volume II: The laws of thought, The Open Court Publishing Company, Chicago and London, , First published .
Numbers
Reprint edition, The Open Court Publishing Co., La Salle, Ill., .
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The Wide-Field UV Camera flew in December 1983 on the Space Shuttle and produced some very wide-field UV images ( Courtes et al. 1984).
Ultraviolet Sky Surveys
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