• Mr. Rivers had summoned both boys to his study
    Mr. Rivers had summoned both boys to his study
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v summons call in an official matter, such as to attend court
    • n summons a writ issued by authority of law; usually compels the defendant's attendance in a civil suit; failure to appear results in a default judgment against the defendant
    • n summons an order to appear in person at a given place and time
    • n summons a request to be present "they came at his bidding"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Summons (Mil) A demand to surrender.
    • Summons (Law) A warning or citation to appear in court; a written notification signed by the proper officer, to be served on a person, warning him to appear in court at a day specified, to answer to the plaintiff, testify as a witness, or the like.
    • Summons The act of summoning; a call by authority, or by the command of a superior, to appear at a place named, or to attend to some duty. "Special summonses by the king.""This summons . . . unfit either to dispute or disobey.""He sent to summon the seditious, and to offer pardon; but neither summons nor pardon was regarded."
    • v. t Summons To summon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • summons A call, especially by authority or the command of a superior, to appear at a place named, or to attend to some public duty; an invitation, request, or order to go to or appear at some place, or to do some other specified thing; a call with more or less earnestness or insistence.
    • summons In law, a call by authority to appear in a court or before a judicial officer; also, the document by which such call is given; a citation to appear before a judge or magistrate. Specifically— A writ calling on a defendant to cause an appearance to the action to be entered for him within a certain time after service, in default whereof the plaintilf may proceed. to judgment and execution.
    • summons Milit., a call to surrender.
    • summons To serve with a summons; summon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Summons a summoning or an authoritative call: a call to appear, esp. in court: a call to surrender
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “All that is noble is in itself of a quiet nature, and appears to sleep until it is aroused and summoned forth by contrast.”
  • John Dryden
    “All human things are subject to decay, and when fate summons, monarchs must obey.”
  • John Dryden
    “All things are subject to decay and when fate summons, monarchs must obey.”
  • John Burroughs
    “One may summon his philosophy when they are beaten in battle, not till then.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. somouns, OF. sumunse, semonse, semonce, F. semonce, semondre, to summon, OF. p. p. semons,. See Summon (v.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. somoner—L. summonēresub, secretly, monēre, to warn.


In literature:

The prince attended the summons with alacrity, and marched with a powerful army to Kief.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
The clangour was loud, and anxiously did the knight await for some reply to his summons.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
And summoning his sister, he spake unto her, saying, 'O amiable one, my limbs are burning and I no longer see the points of the heavens.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
And he directed his men to summon Sahadeva.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The inquest had been summoned in due course.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Jovial answered the summons.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
The physician, hastily summoned, confirmed her worst fears.
"The Fatal Glove" by Clara Augusta Jones Trask
She summoned the housekeeper to her presence, and made known her purpose.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
He was summoned to answer to these charges.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
The gravel crunched under Desmond's boots, and, as if summoned by the sound, a tall figure crossed the hall and stood in the entrance.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang

In poetry:

Down behind the purple hillside
Dropped the sun; above the garden
Rang the Angelus' clear cadence
Summoning the monks to vespers.
"Fra Pedro" by Emma Lazarus
WITHOUT my door at morning-tide
There rang a summons hale and fair;
I roused and threw the portal wide,
And lo, young April there!
"The Visitor" by Clinton Scollard
Never stole, save what he needed,
From the Crown woods round about;
Never lied, except when summoned—
Let the warden find him out.
"The Legend of La Brea" by Charles Kingsley
The morning shone on Camlan hills,
And the summon horn was blown;
But not a knight would mount the tow'r
Where Arthur watch'd alone !
"The Prophecy Of Merlin" by Anne Bannerman
Till Life's evening closed around thee,
Thy great love remained the same,
Then from out the Land of Spirits
Silently the summons came.
"Federic Douglass" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
I had the summons not obeyed;
I had nor knelt nor uttered word;
But somehow felt that I had prayed,
And somehow felt I had been heard.
"Outside The Village Church" by Alfred Austin

In news:

It was the middle of the night when the screenwriter Jeffrey Boam was summoned from his San Fernando Valley home to a downtown police precinct.
UNIVERSITY PARK — Before Texas A&M's recent game against SMU, coach Kevin Sumlin summoned his special teams coordinator, Brian Polian.
She was served with a summons and released, pending Court.
Starting in January, parents of chronically absent students will be given a court summons and a chance to get their children in school.
If our memory is up to standards this is the fourth year that the Ukes have been invited to this momentous meeting- a privileged summons, indeed.
John Jaso is not about to summon up any Sampson comparisons, but the fact that he's able to keep a beard this season has contributed to his happiness in Seattle, he said.
PORTLAND — Police will issue a summons to a 10-year-old boy who allegedly brought an unloaded handgun into Riverton Elementary School this morning.
Genetically, for me, that's like waiting to be summoned for jury duty.
Greenpeace summons Clippy to diss Microsoft's data centers.
After about 5 seconds I realized it was my first ever Jury Summons.
The pop-up in this case comes from an Inca custom plasma TV lift that allows the 42-inch set to hide in a cabinet until summoned for viewing.
Under-performing' county election chiefs will get summoned to Tally.
Naming a Portland beer after a Hindu goddess was apparently not appreciated by some Hindu members in India's Parliament this week who summoned the US ambassador after hearing about the special brew.
When not even Megan Fox can summon ' Passion ,' uh-oh.
William L Tomlin Jr, 26, of Essex Street, in Gloucester, was charged Sunday with obstruction and was released on summons.

In science:

This time we summon them to provide isospectral Cayley graphs.
Isospectral Cayley graphs of some finite simple groups
Finally in section 6 we summon our results and some questions we are still faced with.
Reaction-Diffusion Processes Described by Three-State Quantum Chains and Integrability