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HALL. A public building used either for the meetings of corporations, courts, or employed to some public uses; as the city hall, the town hall. Formerly this word denoted the chief mansion or habitation.

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To the banquet hall he went, knowing that his chiefs awaited him there and as he entered they arose and upon the faces of many were incredulity and amaze, for they had not thought to see O-Tar the jeddak again after what the spies had told them of the horrid sounds issuing from the chamber of O-Mai.
The Emperor entered the hall through a broad path between two lines of nobles.
Between such a woman and her brother-in-law, the odious Baronet at the Hall, it is manifest that there could be very little in common.
he cried, and, turning directly to Roger de Leybourn, "I have no quarrel with thee, My Lord; but again I come for a guest within thy halls.
But she trots about and takes care of herself better than she did a year or two ago, when she fell upon the stone hall floor and raised a great "bo-bo" on her forehead.
So the mother and little Pearl were admitted into the hall of entrance.
And then away she flew, and Kay sat quite alone in the empty halls of ice that were miles long, and looked at the blocks of ice, and thought and thought till his skull was almost cracked.
The minute the chief secretary came out, I announced him," said the hall porter with a good-humored wink.
And when the hall was built, there night by night the thanes gathered and rejoiced with their King; and there, when the feast was over, they lay them down to sleep.
Judge Scott pooh-poohed and laughed, but not with reason, for it was in his last days on the bench that Jim Hall had stood before him and received sentence.
The Hall was just as clearly visible as at noonday.
You know something about anatomy, picking a muscleless spot," scolded Hall.