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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Summons  \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. 
  --Sir  J. 
  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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Summons  \Sum"mons\,  v.  t. 
  To  summon.  [R.  or  Colloq.]  --Swift. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  request  to  be  present;  "they  came  at  his  bidding"  [syn:  {bidding}] 
  2:  an  order  to  appear  in  person  at  a  given  place  and  time 
  3:  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  [syn: 
  v  :  call  in  an  official  matter,  such  as  to  attend  court  [syn:  {summon}, 
  {cite},  {call  for}] 

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