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To make accessible, visible, or available; to submit to review, examination, or inquiry through the elimination of restrictions or impediments.

To open a judgment means to render it capable of reexamination by removing or relaxing the bar of its finality. A judgment is ordinarily opened at the insistence of a party who is able to show good cause as to why the execution of the judgment would be inequitable.

To open a court is to formally announce, ordinarily through the bailiff, that the session has commenced and that the business before the tribunal will proceed.

The term open is also used as an adjective in reference to that which is patent, visible, apparent, or notorious, such as a defect in a product, or conduct such as lewdness.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

TO OPEN, OPENING. To open a case is to make a statement of the pleadings in a case, which is called the opening.
     2. The opening should be concise, very distinct and perspicuous. Its use is to enable the judge and jury to direct their attention to the real merits of the case, and the points in issue. 1 Stark. R. 439;S. C. 2 E. C. L. R. 462; 2 Stark. R. 31; S. C 3 Eng. C. L. R. 230.
     3. The opening address or speech is that made immediately after the evidence has been closed; such address usually states, 1st. The full extent of the plaintiff's claims, and the circumstances under which they are made, to show that they are just and reasonable. 2d. At least an outline of the evidence by which those claims are to be established. 3d. The legal grounds and authorities in favor of the claim or of the proposed evidence. 4th. An anticipation of the expected defence, and statement of the grounds on which it is futile, "either in law or justice, and the reasons why it ought to fail. 3 Chit. Pr. 881; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3044, et seq. To open a judgment, is to set it aside.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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An open architecture platform, which uses revenue sharing to offset plan fees, has the potential of substantially reducing the annual cost of the plan.
The essence of an open architecture is one where the interfaces, hardware and software, are well documented and available on a nondiscriminatory basis to all parties, enabling critical innovation.
(Open architecture) would link these islands together so there would be no problem going from program A to program B, and from program B to program C.
"They dispute the contention that the magnet they have placed in the Gateway location is an open architecture magnet," Turner said.
For the robotics industry, the interoperability permitted by open architecture controls is considered critical to reducing the price of integrating different robotics systems.
End users, builders, and suppliers of related products agreed that there needs to be more definition of processes and developments such as standards for reliability and maintainability requirements and "open architecture" in controls.
The second is known as "open architecture," and it would prevent the private builders from running all the roads through a central hub that they control.
New developments in CIM include basic, inexpensive systems for production or process monitoring and, at the high end, expanded SPC capabilities and open architecture. Seamless integration between CIM and a management-information system was also seen at the show.
The seeker's open architecture enables highly accurate, competitive, low-cost munitions to be capable of navigating and locating targets in limited-access and denied environments.
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