SCRU'TINY, n. [L. scrutinium, from scrutor, to search closely, to pry into.]
1. Close search; minute inquiry; critical examinatiion; as a scrutiny of votes; narrower
SCRU'TI-NY, n. [Fr. scrutin; It. scrutinio; Sp. escrutinio; Low L. scrutinium, from scrutor, to search closely, to pry into; Sax. scrudnian; Ir. scrudam.]
- Close search; minute inquiry; critical examination; as, a scrutiny of votes; narrower scrutiny. In the heat of debate, observations may escape a prudent man which will not bear the test of scrutiny.
- In the primitive church, an examination of catechumens in the last week of Lent, who were to receive baptism on Easter-day. This was performed with prayers, exorcisms and many other ceremonies. – Encyc.
- In the canon law, a ticket or little paper billet on which a vote is written. Encyc.
- Close examination; minute
inspection; critical observation.
- An examination of
catechumens, in the last week of Lent, who were to receive baptism on
- A ticket, or little
paper billet, on which a vote is written.
examination by a committee of the votes given at an election, for the
purpose of correcting the poll.