• WordNet 3.6
    • n fiat a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge) "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fiat (Eng. Law) A warrant of a judge for certain processes.
    • Fiat An authoritative command or order to do something; an effectual decree. "His fiat laid the corner stone."
    • Fiat (Eng. Law) An authority for certain proceedings given by the Lord Chancellor's signature.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fiat fī′at a formal or solemn command: a short order or warrant of a judge for making out or allowing processes, letters-patent, &c
    • v.t Fiat to sanction
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., let it be done, 3d pers. sing., subj. pres., fr. fieri, used as pass. of facere, to make. Cf. Be


In literature:

A more legitimate charge was the absence of a representative assembly and the levying of taxes by the fiat of the council.
"The Fathers of New England" by Charles M. Andrews
The blind wasn't all the way down; so I laid fiat on the boards, and could see into the room.
"Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist" by John T. McIntyre
Therefore God must have come into being some time between the issue of the creative fiat and the appearance of man on the planet.
"God and Mr. Wells" by William Archer
The victory on the Marne has settled all that, though it may take years for Germany to recognize the fiat.
"The Big Five Motorcycle Boys on the Battle Line" by Ralph Marlow
M. fiat haustus sumendus vel h. s. vel primo mane.
"An Account of the Diseases which were most frequent in the British military hospitals in Germany" by Donald Monro
They, too, accepted the portentous fiat, victory or death.
"The Black Phalanx" by Joseph T. Wilson
The fiat of Charlemagne put a stamp upon it which it bears to this day.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
And most of all they pitied him when they knew that the fiat had gone forth that he must die.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
The teamster fell fiat on the ground, and lay there for a minute.
"Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6) The Deacon's Adventures At Chattanooga In Caring For The Boys" by John McElroy
I stood upon a broad fiat rock, over which white sheets of foam were dashing.
"Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)" by Charles James Lever

In poetry:

It may be years, it may be ages,
The finale is with God alone,
Who measures not by dates and pages,
But by the fiat of his throne;
"The Future Of America, In The Unity Of The Races" by James Madison Bell
The perfect world by Adam trod,
Was the first temple--built by God--
His fiat laid the corner stone,
And heav'd its pillars, one by one.
"Dedication Hymn" by Nathaniel Parker Willis
The chain, thank God! the chain is broken,
Its severed links may do us harm;
But the Grand Fiat has been spoken,
And free forever is the arm.
"Admonition" by James Madison Bell
Whenever THOMSON GREEN fell sick
His wife called in a doctor, quick,
From whom some words like these would come -
"Thomson Green and Harriet Hale" by William Schwenck Gilbert
What all-controlling hand had force
To stop eternal Nature's constant course?
The wandering moon to one fix'd spot confine,
But his whose fiat gave them first to shine?
"Belshazzar. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
Strange faith! strange fancy! that can revel
In doctrines which, if true, would make
Of man, a wretch;—of God, a devil—
And our salvation a mistake;
And the Eternal's proclamation
A very fiat of damnation!
"Eternal Punishment" by John Bowring

In news:

Ratsky, check out the 1947 Fiat Topolino and the 1958 Fiat Multipla here.
Those two make the Fiat 500e look big.
True, like most manufacturers, Fiat has managed to build some disposable cars.
Ram to Launch Fiat -Based Large Van.
How To Service Fiat 500 Hatchback: Videos Added.
Chrysler- Fiat : Making small sexy at 2012 LA Auto Show.
This undated image provided by Fiat shows the 2013 Fiat 500e mini-car, which will be appearing at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.
Fiat Plans to Expand Its Line in the U.S.
Fiat 's 2013 Fiat 500e mini-car, appearing at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, is the brand's first all-electric model in the US (AP Photo/ Fiat ).
The Fiat 500 is getting bigger and going electric.
This undated image provided by Fiat shows the 2013 Fiat 500e mini-car.
DETROIT The Fiat 500 is getting bigger and going electric.
Fiat finds its footing after a weak start.
Fiat unveils trio of new models.
Does a longer, bigger version of the Fiat 500 maintain the appeal of the original.

In science:

Boneh and Freeman [BF11] give a random oracle homomorphic signature scheme and Cayrel et al. [CLRS10] give a latticebased signature scheme using the Fiat-Shamir random oracle heuristic.
Random Oracles in a Quantum World
It is not known how to prove security of generic FDH signatures as well as signatures derived from the Fiat-Shamir heuristic in the quantum random oracle model.
Random Oracles in a Quantum World
FFC itself does not generate basis functions, but relies on the library FIAT [Kirby 2004] for the computation of basis functions and the generation of quadrature schemes.
Optimisations for quadrature representations of finite element tensors through automated code generation
The requested quadrature scheme is computed by FIAT.
Optimisations for quadrature representations of finite element tensors through automated code generation
Algorithm 839: FIAT, A new paradigm for computing finite element basis functions.
Optimisations for quadrature representations of finite element tensors through automated code generation