Definition for AR-REST'

AR-REST', n.

  1. The taking or apprehending of a person by virtue of a warrant from authority. An arrest is made by seizing or touching the body.
  2. Any seizure, or taking by power, physical or moral.
  3. A stop, hinderance, or restraint.
  4. In law, an arrest of judgment is the staying or stopping of a judgment after verdict, for causes assigned. Courts have power to arrest judgment for intrinsic causes appearing upon the face of the record; as when the declaration varies from the original writ; when the verdict differs materially from the pleadings; or when the case laid in the declaration is not sufficient in point of law, to found an action upon. The motion for this purpose is called a motion in arrest of judgment. – Blackstone.
  5. A mangy humor between the ham and pastern of the hind legs of a horse. – Johnson.

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