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  8  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Letter  \Let"ter\  (l[e^]t"t[~e]r),  n.  [From  {Let}  to  permit.] 
  One  who  lets  or  permits;  one  who  lets  anything  for  hire. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Letter  \Let"ter\,  n.  [From  {Let}  to  hinder.] 
  One  who  retards  or  hinders.  [Archaic.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Letter  \Let"ter\,  n.  [OE.  lettre,  F.  lettre,  OF  letre,  fr  L. 
  littera,  litera,  a  letter;  pl.,  an  epistle,  a  writing, 
  literature,  fr  linere,  litum,  to  besmear,  to  spread  or  rub 
  over  because  one  of  the  earliest  modes  of  writing  was  by 
  graving  the  characters  upon  tablets  smeared  over  or  covered 
  with  wax.  --Pliny,  xiii.  11.  See  {Liniment},  and  cf 
  {Literal}.] 
  1.  A  mark  or  character  used  as  the  representative  of  a  sound, 
  or  of  an  articulation  of  the  human  organs  of  speech;  a 
  first  element  of  written  language. 
 
  And  a  superscription  also  was  written  over  him  in 
  letters  of  Greek,  and  Latin,  and  Hebrew.  --Luke 
  xxiii.  38. 
 
  2.  A  written  or  printed  communication;  a  message  expressed  in 
  intelligible  characters  on  something  adapted  to 
  conveyance,  as  paper,  parchment,  etc.;  an  epistle. 
 
  The  style  of  letters  ought  to  be  free  easy,  and 
  natural.  --Walsh. 
 
  3.  A  writing;  an  inscription.  [Obs.] 
 
  None  could  expound  what  this  letter  meant 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  4.  Verbal  expression;  literal  statement  or  meaning;  exact 
  signification  or  requirement. 
 
  We  must  observe  the  letter  of  the  law,  without  doing 
  violence  to  the  reason  of  the  law  and  the  intention 
  of  the  lawgiver.  --Jer.  Taylor. 
 
  I  broke  the  letter  of  it  to  keep  the  sense 
  --Tennyson. 
 
  5.  (Print.)  A  single  type  type  collectively;  a  style  of 
  type 
 
  Under  these  buildings  .  .  .  was  the  king's  printing 
  house,  and  that  famous  letter  so  much  esteemed. 
  --Evelyn. 
 
  6.  pl  Learning;  erudition;  as  a  man  of  letters. 
 
  7.  pl  A  letter;  an  epistle.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  {Dead  letter},  {Drop  letter},  etc  See  under  {Dead},  {Drop}, 
  etc 
 
  {Letter  book},  a  book  in  which  copies  of  letters  are  kept. 
 
  {Letter  box},  a  box  for  the  reception  of  letters  to  be  mailed 
  or  delivered. 
 
  {Letter  carrier},  a  person  who  carries  letters;  a  postman; 
  specif.,  an  officer  of  the  post  office  who  carries  letters 
  to  the  persons  to  whom  they  are  addressed,  and  collects 
  letters  to  be  mailed. 
 
  {Letter  cutter},  one  who  engraves  letters  or  letter  punches. 
 
 
  {Letter  lock},  a  lock  that  can  not  be  opened  when  fastened, 
  unless  certain  movable  lettered  rings  or  disks  forming  a 
  part  of  it  are  in  such  a  position  (indicated  by  a 
  particular  combination  of  the  letters)  as  to  permit  the 
  bolt  to  be  withdrawn. 
 
  A  strange  lock  that  opens  with  AMEN.  --Beau.  &  Fl 
 
  {Letter  paper},  paper  for  writing  letters  on  especially,  a 
  size  of  paper  intermediate  between  note  paper  and 
  foolscap.  See  {Paper}. 
 
  {Letter  punch},  a  steel  punch  with  a  letter  engraved  on  the 
  end  used  in  making  the  matrices  for  type 
 
  {Letters  of  administration}  (Law),  the  instrument  by  which  an 
  administrator  or  administratrix  is  authorized  to 
  administer  the  goods  and  estate  of  a  deceased  person. 
 
  {Letter  of  attorney},  {Letter  of  credit},  etc  See  under 
  {Attorney},  {Credit},  etc 
 
  {Letter  of  license},  a  paper  by  which  creditors  extend  a 
  debtor's  time  for  paying  his  debts. 
 
  {Letters  close  or  clause}  (Eng.  Law.),  letters  or  writs 
  directed  to  particular  persons  for  particular  purposes, 
  and  hence  closed  or  sealed  on  the  outside;  -- 
  distinguished  from  letters  patent.  --Burrill. 
 
  {Letters  of  orders}  (Eccl.),  a  document  duly  signed  and 
  sealed,  by  which  a  bishop  makes  it  known  that  he  has 
  regularly  ordained  a  certain  person  as  priest,  deacon, 
  etc 
 
  {Letters  patent},  {overt},  or  {open}  (Eng.  Law),  a  writing 
  executed  and  sealed,  by  which  power  and  authority  are 
  granted  to  a  person  to  do  some  act  or  enjoy  some  right 
  as  letters  patent  under  the  seal  of  England. 
 
  {Letter-sheet  envelope},  a  stamped  sheet  of  letter  paper 
  issued  by  the  government,  prepared  to  be  folded  and  sealed 
  for  transmission  by  mail  without  an  envelope. 
 
  {Letters  testamentary}  (Law),  an  instrument  granted  by  the 
  proper  officer  to  an  executor  after  probate  of  a  will 
  authorizing  him  to  act  as  executor. 
 
  {Letter  writer}. 
  a  One  who  writes  letters. 
  b  A  machine  for  copying  letters. 
  c  A  book  giving  directions  and  forms  for  the  writing  of 
  letters. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Letter  \Let"ter\  (l[e^]t"t[~e]r),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Lettered} 
  (-t[~e]rd);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Lettering}.] 
  To  impress  with  letters;  to  mark  with  letters  or  words  as  a 
  book  gilt  and  lettered. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Letter  \Let"ter\,  n.  (Teleg.) 
  A  telegram  longer  than  an  ordinary  message  sent  at  rates 
  lower  than  the  standard  message  rate  in  consideration  of  its 
  being  sent  and  delivered  subject  to  priority  in  service  of 
  regular  messages.  Such  telegrams  are  called  by  the  Western 
  Union  Company  {day,  or  night,  letters}  according  to  the  time 
  of  sending,  and  by  The  Postal  Telegraph  Company  {day,  or 
  night,  lettergrams}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Attorney  \At*tor"ney\,  n.;  pl  {Attorneys}.  [OE.  aturneye  OF 
  atorn['e],  p.  p.  of  atorner:  cf  LL  atturnatus  attornatus 
  fr  attornare  See  {Attorn}.] 
  1.  A  substitute;  a  proxy;  an  agent.  [Obs.] 
 
  And  will  have  no  attorney  but  myself.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  (Law) 
  a  One  who  is  legally  appointed  by  another  to  transact 
  any  business  for  him  an  attorney  in  fact 
  b  A  legal  agent  qualified  to  act  for  suitors  and 
  defendants  in  legal  proceedings;  an  attorney  at  law. 
 
  Note:  An  attorney  is  either  public  or  private.  A  private 
  attorney,  or  an  attorney  in  fact  is  a  person  appointed 
  by  another,  by  a  letter  or  power  of  attorney,  to 
  transact  any  business  for  him  out  of  court;  but  in  a 
  more  extended  sense  this  class  includes  any  agent 
  employed  in  any  business,  or  to  do  any  act  in  pais,  for 
  another.  A  public  attorney,  or  attorney  at  law,  is  a 
  practitioner  in  a  court  of  law,  legally  qualified  to 
  prosecute  and  defend  actions  in  such  court,  on  the 
  retainer  of  clients.  --Bouvier.  --  The  attorney  at  law 
  answers  to  the  procurator  of  the  civilians,  to  the 
  solicitor  in  chancery,  and  to  the  proctor  in  the 
  ecclesiastical  and  admiralty  courts,  and  all  of  these 
  are  comprehended  under  the  more  general  term  lawyer.  In 
  Great  Britain  and  in  some  states  of  the  United  States, 
  attorneys  are  distinguished  from  counselors  in  that  the 
  business  of  the  former  is  to  carry  on  the  practical  and 
  formal  parts  of  the  suit.  In  many  states  of  the  United 
  States  however,  no  such  distinction  exists.  In  England, 
  since  1873,  attorneys  at  law  are  by  statute  called 
  solicitors. 
 
  {A  power},  {letter},  or  {warrant},  {of  attorney},  a  written 
  authority  from  one  person  empowering  another  to  transact 
  business  for  him 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  letter 
  n  1:  a  written  message  addressed  to  a  person  or  organization; 
  "wrote  an  indignant  letter  to  the  editor"  [syn:  {missive}] 
  2:  the  conventional  characters  of  the  alphabet  used  to 
  represent  speech;  "his  grandmother  taught  him  his  letters" 
  [syn:  {letter  of  the  alphabet},  {alphabetic  character}] 
  3:  a  strictly  literal  interpretation  (as  distinct  from  the 
  intention);  "he  followed  instructions  to  the  letter";  "he 
  obeyed  the  letter  of  the  law" 
  4:  an  award  earned  by  participation  in  a  school  sport;  "he  won 
  letters  in  three  sports"  [syn:  {varsity  letter}] 
  v  1:  win  an  athletic  letter,  in  sports 
  2:  set  down  or  print  with  letters 
  3:  mark  letters  on  or  mark  with  letters 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Letter 
  in  Rom.  2:27,  29  means  the  outward  form  The  "oldness  of  the 
  letter"  (7:6)  is  a  phrase  which  denotes  the  old  way  of  literal 
  outward  obedience  to  the  law  as  a  system  of  mere  external  rules 
  of  conduct.  In  2  Cor.  3:6,  "the  letter"  means  the  Mosaic  law  as 
  a  written  law.  (See  {WRITING}.) 
 




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