BY-LAWS - . Rules and ordinances made by a corporation for its own government. 2. The power to make by-laws is usually conferred by express terms of the charter creating the corporation, though, when not expressly granted, it is given by...


    BY THE BYE - , Eng. law. A declaration may be filed without a new process or writ, when the defendant is in court in another case, by the plaintiff in that case having filed common bail for him; the declaration thus filed is called a declara...


    BY ESTIMATION - , contracts. In sales of land it not unfrequently occurs that the property is said to contain a certain number of acres, by estimation, or so many acres, more or less. When these expressions are used, if the land fall short b...


    BUYING OF TITLES - . The purchase of the rights of a person to a piece of land when the seller is disseised. 2. When a deed is made by one who, though having a legal right to land, is at the time of the conveyance disseised, as a general rul...


    BUYER - , contracts. A purchaser; (q. v.) a vendee.


    BUTTS AND BOUNDS - . This phrase is used to express the ends and boundaries of an estate. The word butt, being evidently derived from the, French bout, the end; and bounds, from boundary.

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    BUTT - . A measure of capacity, equal to one hundred and eight gallons. See Measure.


    BUSINESS HOURS - . The time of the day during which business is transacted. In respect to the time of presentment and demand of bills and notes, business hours generally range through the whole day down to the hours of rest in the evening, e...


    BUSHEL - , measure. The Winchester bushel, established by the 13 W. III. c. 5, A. D. 1701, was made the standard of grain; a cylindrical vessel, eighteen and a half inches in diameter, and eight inches deep inside, contains a bushel; the cap...


    BURYING-GROUND - . A place appropriated for depositing the dead; a cemetery. In Massachusetts, burying-grounds cannot, be appropriated to roads without the consent of the owners. Massachusetts Revised St. 239.


    BURNING - . Vide Accident; Arson; Fire, accidental.


    BURIAL - . The act of interring the dead. 2. No burial is lawful unless made in conformity with the local regulations; an when a dead body has been found, it cannot be lawfully buried until the coroner has holden an inquest over it. In Engla...


    BURGOMASTER - . In Germany this is, the title by which an officer who performs the duties of a mayor is, called.


    BURGLARY - , crim. law. The breaking and entering the house of another in the night time, with. intent to commit a felony therein, whether the felony be actually committed or not. 3 Inst. 63; 1 Hale, 549; 1 Hawk. c. 38, s. 1; 4 Bl. Com. 224;...


    BURGLARIOUSL - , pleadings. This is a technical word, which must be introduced into an indictment for burglary; no other word will answer the same purpose, nor will any circumlocution be sufficient. 4 Co. 39; 5 Co. 121; Cro. Eliz. 920; Bac....


    BURGLA - . One who commits a burglary. (q. v.)


    BURGH - . A borough; (q. v.) a castle or town.


    BURGESS - . A magistrate of a borough; generally, the chief officer of the corporation, who performs, within the borough, the same kind of duties which a mayor does in a city. In England, the word is sometimes applied to all the inhabitants...


    BURGAGE - , English law. A species of tenure in socage; it is where the king or other person is lord of an ancient borough, in which the tenements are held by a rent certain. 2 B1. Com. 82.


    BUREAUCRACY - . The abuse of official influence in the affairs of government; corruption. This word has lately been adopted to signify that those persons who are employed in bureaus abuse their authority by intrigue to promote their own bene...