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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Audience  \Au"di*ence\,  n.  [F.  audience,  L.  audientia  fr  audire 
  to  hear.  See  {Audible},  a.] 
  1.  The  act  of  hearing;  attention  to  sounds. 
 
  Thou,  therefore,  give  due  audience,  and  attend. 
  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Admittance  to  a  hearing;  a  formal  interview,  esp.  with  a 
  sovereign  or  the  head  of  a  government,  for  conference  or 
  the  transaction  of  business. 
 
  According  to  the  fair  play  of  the  world,  Let  me  have 
  audience:  I  am  sent  to  speak.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  An  auditory;  an  assembly  of  hearers.  Also  applied  by 
  authors  to  their  readers. 
 
  Fit  audience  find  though  few  --Milton. 
 
  He  drew  his  audience  upward  to  the  sky.  --Dryden. 
 
  {Court  of  audience},  or  {Audience  court}  (Eng.),  a  court  long 
  since  disused,  belonging  to  the  Archbishop  of  Canterbury; 
  also  one  belonging  to  the  Archbishop  of  York.  --Mozley  & 
  W. 
 
  {In  general}  (or  {open})  {audience},  publicly. 
 
  {To  give  audience},  to  listen;  to  admit  to  an  interview. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Court  \Court\  (k?rt),  n.  [OF.  court,  curt,  cort,  F.  co?r,  LL 
  cortis,  fr  L.  cohors,  cors,  chors,  gen.  cohortis  cortis, 
  chortis  an  inclosure,  court,  thing  inclosed,  crowd,  throng; 
  co-  +  a  root  akin  to  Gr  ????  inclosure,  feeding  place  and 
  to  E.  garden,  yard,  orchard.  See  {Yard},  and  cf  {Cohort}, 
  {Curtain}.] 
  1.  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  the  house  of  our  God.  --Ps.  cxxxv 
  2. 
 
  And  round  the  cool  green  courts  there  ran  a  row  Cf 
  cloisters.  --Tennyson. 
 
  Goldsmith  took  a  garret  in  a  miserable  court. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  2.  The  residence  of  a  sovereign,  prince,  nobleman,  or  ether 
  dignitary;  a  palace. 
 
  Attends  the  emperor  in  his  royal  court.  --Shak. 
 
  This  our  court,  infected  with  their  manners,  Shows 
  like  a  riotous  inn.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  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  --Shak. 
 
  Love  rules  the  court,  the  camp,  the  grove.  --Sir.  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  4.  Any  formal  assembling  of  the  retinue  of  a  sovereign;  as 
  to  hold  a  court. 
 
  The  princesses  held  their  court  within  the  fortress. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  5.  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.  --Spenser. 
 
  I  went  to  make  my  court  to  the  Duke  and  Duchess  of 
  Newcastle.  --Evelyn. 
 
  6.  (Law) 
  a  The  hall,  chamber,  or  place  where  justice  is 
  administered. 
  b  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. 
  c  A  tribunal  established  for  the  administration  of 
  justice. 
  d  The  judge  or  judges;  as  distinguished  from  the  counsel 
  or  jury,  or  both 
 
  Most  heartily  I  do  beseech  the  court  To  give  the 
  judgment.  --Shak. 
 
  7.  The  session  of  a  judicial  assembly. 
 
  8.  Any  jurisdiction,  civil,  military,  or  ecclesiastical. 
 
  9.  A  place  arranged  for  playing  the  game  of  tennis;  also  one 
  of  the  divisions  of  a  tennis  court. 
 
  {Christian  court},  the  English  ecclesiastical  courts  in  the 
  aggregate,  or  any  one  of  them 
 
  {Court  breeding},  education  acquired  at  court. 
 
  {Court  card}.  Same  as  {Coat  card}. 
 
  {Court  circular},  one  or  more  paragraphs  of  news  respecting 
  the  sovereign  and  the  royal  family,  together  with  the 
  proceedings  or  movements  of  the  court  generally,  supplied 
  to  the  newspapers  by  an  officer  specially  charged  with 
  such  duty.  [Eng.]  --Edwards. 
 
  {Court  day},  a  day  on  which  a  court  sits  to  administer 
  justice. 
 
  {Court  dress},  the  dress  prescribed  for  appearance  at  the 
  court  of  a  sovereign. 
 
  {Court  fool},  a  buffoon  or  jester,  formerly  kept  by  princes 
  and  nobles  for  their  amusement. 
 
  {Court  guide},  a  directory  of  the  names  and  adresses  of  the 
  nobility  and  gentry  in  a  town. 
 
  {Court  hand},  the  hand  or  manner  of  writing  used  in  records 
  and  judicial  proceedings.  --Shak. 
 
  {Court  lands}  (Eng.  Law),  lands  kept  in  demesne,  --  that  is 
  for  the  use  of  the  lord  and  his  family. 
 
  {Court  marshal},  one  who  acts  as  marshal  for  a  court. 
 
  {Court  party},  a  party  attached  to  the  court. 
 
  {Court  rolls},  the  records  of  a  court.  See{Roll}. 
 
  {Court  in  banc},  or  {Court  in  bank},  The  full  court  sitting 
  at  its  regular  terms  for  the  hearing  of  arguments  upon 
  questions  of  law,  as  distinguished  from  a  sitting  at  nisi 
  prius. 
 
  {Court  of  Arches},  {audience},  etc  See  under  {Arches}, 
  {Audience},  etc 
 
  {Court  of  Chancery}.  See  {Chancery},  n. 
 
  {Court  of  Common  pleas}.  (Law)  See  {Common  pleas},  under 
  {Common}. 
 
  {Court  of  Equity}.  See  under  {Equity},  and  {Chancery}. 
 
  {Court  of  Inquiry}  (Mil.),  a  court  appointed  to  inquire  into 
  and  report  on  some  military  matter,  as  the  conduct  of  an 
  officer. 
 
  {Court  of  St  James},  the  usual  designation  of  the  British 
  Court;  --  so  called  from  the  old  palace  of  St  James, 
  which  is  used  for  the  royal  receptions,  levees,  and 
  drawing-rooms. 
 
  {The  court  of  the  Lord},  the  temple  at  Jerusalem;  hence  a 
  church,  or  Christian  house  of  worship. 
 
  {General  Court},  the  legislature  of  a  State;  --  so  called 
  from  having  had  in  the  colonial  days,  judicial  power;  as 
  the  General  Court  of  Massachusetts.  [U.S.] 
 
  {To  pay  one's  court},  to  seek  to  gain  favor  by  attentions. 
  ``Alcibiades  was  assiduous  in  paying  his  {court}  to 
  Tissaphernes.''  --Jowett. 
 
  {To  put  out  of  court},  to  refuse  further  judicial  hearing. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  audience 
  n  1:  a  gathering  of  spectators  or  listeners  at  a  (usually  public) 
  performance;  "the  audience  applauded";  "someone  in  the 
  audience  began  to  cough" 
  2:  the  part  of  the  general  public  interested  in  a  source  of 
  information  or  entertainment;  "every  artist  needs  an 
  audience";  "the  broadcast  reached  an  audience  of  millions" 
  3:  an  opportunity  to  state  your  case  and  be  heard;  "they 
  condemned  him  without  a  hearing";  "he  saw  that  he  had  lost 
  his  audience"  [syn:  {hearing}] 
  4:  a  conference  (usually  with  someone  important);  "he  had  a 
  consultation  with  the  judge";  "he  requested  an  audience 
  with  the  king"  [syn:  {consultation},  {interview}] 




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