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WORD, construction. One or more syllables which when united convey an idea a single part of speech.
     2. Words are to be understood in a proper or figurative sense, and they are used both ways in law. They are also used in a technical sense. It is a general rule that contracts and wills shall be construed as the parties understood them; every person, however, is presumed to understand the force of the words be uses, and therefore technical words must be taken according to their legal import, even in wills, unless the testator manifests a clear intention to the contrary. 1 Bro. C. C. 33; 3 Bro. C. C. 234; 5 Ves. 401 8 Ves. 306.
     3. Every one is required to use words in the sense they are generally understood, for, as speech has been given to man to be a sign of his thoughts, for the purpose of communicating them to others, he is bound in treating with them, to use such words or signs in the sense sanctioned by usage, that is, in the sense in which they themselves understand them, or else he deceives them. Heinnec. Praelect. in Puffendorff, lib. 1, cap. 17, Sec. 2 Heinnec. de Jure Nat. lib. 1, Sec. 197; Wolff, lust. Jur. Nat. Sec. 7981.
     4. Formerly, indeed, in cases of slander, the defamatory words received the mildest interpretation of which they were susceptible, and some ludicrous decisions were the consequence. It was gravely decided, that to say of a merchant, "he is a base broken rascal, has broken twice, and I will make him break a third time," that no action could be maintained, because it might be intended that he had a hernia: ne poet dar porter action, car poet estre intend de burstness de belly. Latch, 104. But now they are understood in their usual signification. Comb. 37; Ham. N. P. 282. Vide Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.; Construction; Interpretation.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Unicode-compliant word processors assign a unique number to every one of the world's alphabet letters and symbols.
Microwave ovens, answering machines for telephones, fax, word processors, e-mail, fuel injection systems in stead of carburetors, and electronic distributors on automobiles, have made for major changes in society.
You can copy and paste text into any editor or word processor, sum numbers in a column of copied data, count the number of words and characters that you've highlighted, and discover the name of the font that is on your screen.
As for the real-time formatting and pagination, this is the feature guaranteed to make any writer accustomed to word processor routines drool with excitement.
Books he designed were also on display, and a word processor allowed visitors to write their own stories, which are to be published in book form in 1996.
You have findings from your physical examination of the patient and laboratory studies in digital textual form from a word processor. You have images from one or more diagnostic studies: x-ray, ECG, EEG, and pathology, for example.
This article is being written using a word processor.
In a computer environment, this means they can be used at the same time you are using your primary software, usually a word processor. Because.
Third, most executive software systems come bundled as one package of executive tools: word processor, spreadsheet, personal calendar, address book, and notepad.
I am sure the package will frustrate the users who need to use such a word processor once a year.
Thus, it is not surprising that initial research indicates that experienced adult writers revise more extensively when using a word processor (Bridwell, Nancarrow, & Ross, 1984), but that word processing has limited impact on revision by inexperienced writers (Daiute, 1986; MacArthur & Graham, 1987).
If we don't, what the hell are we doing at the office at two in the morning diddling around on a word processor for less money than our brain-dead ex-classmates spend on lunch?