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SPECHT, SPEIGHT, n. A woodpecker. [Not in use.]

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SPECHT, SPEIGHT, n. A woodpecker. [Not in use.]

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  1. A woodpecker.

    [Obs. or prov. Eng.] Sherwood.
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SPECHT, SPEIGHT, noun A woodpecker. [Not in use.]

SPE'CIAL, adjective [from Latin specialis, from species, form, figure, sort, from specio, to see. Hence species primarily is appearance, that which is presented to the eye. This word and especial are the same.]

1. Designating a species of sort. A special idea is called by the schools a species.

2. Particular; peculiar; noting something more than ordinary. She smiles with a special grace. Our Savior is represented every where in Scripture as the special patron of the poor and afflicted.

3. Appropriate; designed for a particular purpose. A private grant is made by a special act of parliament or of congress.

4. Extraordinary; uncommon. Our charities should be universal, but chiefly exercised on special opportunities.

5. Chief in excellence. The king hath drawn the special head of all the land together.

SPECIAL ADMINISTRATION, in law, is one in which the power of an administrator is limited to the administration of certain specific effects, and not the effects in general of the deceased.

SPECIAL BAIL, consists of actual sureties recognized to answer for the appearance of person in court; as distinguished from common boil, which is nominal.

SPECIAL BAILIF, is a bailif appointed by the sherif for making

arrests and serving processes.

SPECIAL CONTRACT, [see Specialty.]

SPECIAL DEMURRER, is one in which the cause of demurrer is particularly stated.

SPECIAL IMPARLANCE, is one in which there is a saving of all exceptions to the writ or count, or of all exception whatsoever.

SPECIAL JURY, is one which is called upon motion of either party, when the cause is supposed to require it.

SPECIAL MATTER IN EVIDENCE, the particular facts in the case on which the defendant relies.

SPECIAL PLEA, in bar, is a plea which sets forth the particular facts or reasons why the plaintif's demand should be barred as a release, accord, etc.

SPECIAL PROPERTY, a qualified or limited property, as the property which a man acquires in wild animals by reclaiming them.

SPECIAL SESSION OF A COURT, an extraordinary session; a session beyond the regular stated sessions; or in corporations and counties in England, a petty session held by a few justices for dispatching small business.

SPECIAL STATUE, is a private act of the legislature, such as respects a private act of the legislature, such as respect a private person or individual.

SPECIAL TAIL, is where a gift is restrained to certain hears of the donee's body, and does not descend to the heirs in general.

SPECIAL VERDICT, is a verdict in which the jury find the facts and state them as proved, but leave the law arising from the facts to be determined by the court. Another method of finding a special verdict, is when the jury find a verdict generally for the plaintif, but subject to the opinion of the court on a special case stated by the counsel on both sides, with regard to a matter of law.

SPECIAL WARRENT, a warrant to take a person and bring him before a particular justice who granted the warrant.

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1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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D'ARK, a.

1. Destitute of light; obscure. A dark atmosphere is one which prevents vision.

2. Wholly or partially black; having the quality opposite to white; as a dark color or substance.

3. Gloomy; disheartening; having unfavorable prospects; as a dark time in political affairs.

There is in every true woman's heart a spark of
heavenly fire, which beams and blazes in the dark
hour of adversity. Irving.

4. Obscure; not easily understood or explained; as a dark passage in an author; a dark saying.

5. Mysterious; as, the ways of Providence are often dark to human reason.

6. Not enlightened with knowledge; destitute of learning and science; rude; ignorant; as a dark age.

7. Not vivid; partially black. Lev. xiii

8. Blind.

9. Gloomy; not cheerful; as a dark temper.

10. Obscure; concealed; secret; not understood; as a dark design.

11. Unclean; foul.

12. Opake. But dark and opake are not synonymous. Chalk is opake, but not dark.

13. Keeping designs concealed.

The dark unrelenting Tiberius. Gibbon.

D'ARK, n.

1. Darkness; obscurity; the absence of light. We say we can hear in the dark.

Shall the wonders be known in the dark? Ps.

2. Obscurity; secrecy; a state unknown; as, things done in the dark.

3. Obscurity; a state of ignorance; as, we are all in the dark.

D'ARK, v.t.

1. To make dark; to deprive of light; as, close the shutters and darken the room.

2. To obscure; to cloud.

His confidence seldom darkened his foresight.

3. To make black.

The locusts darkened the land. Ex. x.

4. To make dim; to deprive of vision.

Let their eyes be darkened. Rom xi.

5. To render gloomy; as, all joy is darkened. Is.24.

6. To deprive of intellectual vision; to render ignorant or stupid.

Their foolish heart was darkened. Rom. i.

Having the understanding darkened. Eph. iv.

7. To obscure; to perplex; to render less clear or intelligible.

Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words
without knowledge? Job 38.

8. To render less white or clear; to tan; as, a burning sun darkens the complexion.

9. To sully; to make foul.

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