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Definition of Summons
SummonsSummons Sum"mons, n.; pl. Summonses. [OE. somouns, OF.
sumunse, semonse, semonce, F. semonce, semondre to summon,
OF. p. p. semons. See Summon, v.]
1. 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. --Hallam.
This summons . . . unfit either to dispute or
disobey. --Bp. Fell.
He sent to summon the seditious, and to offer
pardon; but neither summons nor pardon was regarded.
2. (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.
3. (Mil.) A demand to surrender.
Summons Sum"mons, v. t.
To summon. [R. or Colloq.] --Swift.
SummonSummon Sum"mon, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Summoned; p. pr. & vb.
n. Summoning.] [OE. somonen, OF. sumundre, semondre, F.
semondre, from (assumed) LL. summon[e^]re, for L.
summon[=e]re to give a hint; sub under + monere to admonish,
to warn. See Monition, and cf. Submonish.]
1. To call, bid, or cite; to notify to come to appear; --
often with up.
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood. --Shak.
Trumpets summon him to war. --Dryden.
2. To give notice to, or command to appear, as in court; to
cite by authority; as, to summon witnesses.
3. (Mil.) To call upon to surrender, as a fort.
Syn: To call; cite; notify; convene; convoke; excite; invite;
bid. See Call.
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