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English Dictionary: property by the DICT Development Group
5 results for property
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone; "that hat is my property"; "he is a man of property";
    Synonym(s): property, belongings, holding
  2. a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class; "a study of the physical properties of atomic particles"
  3. any area set aside for a particular purpose; "who owns this place?"; "the president was concerned about the property across from the White House"
    Synonym(s): place, property
  4. a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished; "self-confidence is not an endearing property"
    Synonym(s): property, attribute, dimension
  5. any movable articles or objects used on the set of a play or movie; "before every scene he ran down his checklist of props"
    Synonym(s): property, prop
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Personal \Per"son*al\, a. [L. personalis: cf. F. personnel.]
      1. Pertaining to human beings as distinct from things.
                     Every man so termed by way of personal difference.
      2. Of or pertaining to a particular person; relating to, or
            affecting, an individual, or each of many individuals;
            peculiar or proper to private concerns; not public or
            general; as, personal comfort; personal desire.
                     The words are conditional, -- If thou doest well, --
                     and so personal to Cain.                     --Locke.
      3. Pertaining to the external or bodily appearance;
            corporeal; as, personal charms. --Addison.
      4. Done in person; without the intervention of another.
            [bd]Personal communication.[b8] --Fabyan.
                     The immediate and personal speaking of God. --White.
      5. Relating to an individual, his character, conduct,
            motives, or private affairs, in an invidious and offensive
            manner; as, personal reflections or remarks.
      6. (Gram.) Denoting person; as, a personal pronoun.
      {Personal action} (Law), a suit or action by which a man
            claims a debt or personal duty, or damages in lieu of it;
            or wherein he claims satisfaction in damages for an injury
            to his person or property, or the specific recovery of
            goods or chattels; -- opposed to real action.
      {Personal equation}. (Astron.) See under {Equation}.
      {Personal estate} [or] {property} (Law), movables; chattels;
            -- opposed to real estate or property. It usually consists
            of things temporary and movable, including all subjects of
            property not of a freehold nature.
      {Personal identity} (Metaph.), the persistent and continuous
            unity of the individual person, which is attested by
      {Personal pronoun} (Gram.), one of the pronouns {I}, {thou},
            {he}, {she}, {it}, and their plurals.
      {Personal representatives} (Law), the executors or
            administrators of a person deceased.
      {Personal rights}, rights appertaining to the person; as, the
            rights of a personal security, personal liberty, and
            private property.
      {Personal tithes}. See under {Tithe}.
      {Personal verb} (Gram.), a verb which is modified or
            inflected to correspond with the three persons.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Property \Prop"er*ty\, n.; pl. {Properties}. [OE. proprete, OF.
      propret[82] property, F. propret[82] neatness, cleanliness,
      propri[82]t[82] property, fr. L. proprietas. See {Proper},
      a., and cf. {Propriety}.]
      1. That which is proper to anything; a peculiar quality of a
            thing; that which is inherent in a subject, or naturally
            essential to it; an attribute; as, sweetness is a property
            of sugar.
                     Property is correctly a synonym for peculiar
                     quality; but it is frequently used as coextensive
                     with quality in general.                     --Sir W.
      Note: In physical science, the properties of matter are
               distinguished to the three following classes: 1.
               Physical properties, or those which result from the
               relations of bodies to the physical agents, light,
               heat, electricity, gravitation, cohesion, adhesion,
               etc., and which are exhibited without a change in the
               composition or kind of matter acted on. They are color,
               luster, opacity, transparency, hardness, sonorousness,
               density, crystalline form, solubility, capability of
               osmotic diffusion, vaporization, boiling, fusion, etc.
               2. Chemical properties, or those which are conditioned
               by affinity and composition; thus, combustion,
               explosion, and certain solutions are reactions
               occasioned by chemical properties. Chemical properties
               are identical when there is identity of composition and
               structure, and change according as the composition
               changes. 3. Organoleptic properties, or those forming a
               class which can not be included in either of the other
               two divisions. They manifest themselves in the contact
               of substances with the organs of taste, touch, and
               smell, or otherwise affect the living organism, as in
               the manner of medicines and poisons.
      2. An acquired or artificial quality; that which is given by
            art, or bestowed by man; as, the poem has the properties
            which constitute excellence.
      3. The exclusive right of possessing, enjoying, and disposing
            of a thing; ownership; title.
                     Here I disclaim all my paternal care, Propinquity
                     and property of blood.                        --Shak.
                     Shall man assume a property in man?   --Wordsworth.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Property \Prop"er*ty\, v. t.
      1. To invest which properties, or qualities. [Obs.] --Shak.
      2. To make a property of; to appropriate. [Obs.]
                     They have here propertied me.            --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
            Whose perfection far excelled Hers in all real dignity.
      5. Relating to things, not to persons. [Obs.]
                     Many are perfect in men's humors that are not
                     greatly capable of the real part of business.
      4. (Alg.) Having an assignable arithmetical or numerical
            value or meaning; not imaginary.
      5. (Law) Pertaining to things fixed, permanent, or immovable,
            as to lands and tenements; as, real property, in
            distinction from personal or movable property.
      {Chattels real} (Law), such chattels as are annexed to, or
            savor of, the realty, as terms for years of land. See
      {Real action} (Law), an action for the recovery of real
      {Real assets} (Law), lands or real estate in the hands of the
            heir, chargeable with the debts of the ancestor.
      {Real composition} (Eccl. Law), an agreement made between the
            owner of lands and the parson or vicar, with consent of
            the ordinary, that such lands shall be discharged from
            payment of tithes, in consequence of other land or
            recompense given to the parson in lieu and satisfaction
            thereof. --Blackstone.
      {Real estate} [or] {property}, lands, tenements, and
            hereditaments; freehold interests in landed property;
            property in houses and land. --Kent. --Burrill.
      {Real presence} (R. C. Ch.), the actual presence of the body
            and blood of Christ in the eucharist, or the conversion of
            the substance of the bread and wine into the real body and
            blood of Christ; transubstantiation. In other churches
            there is a belief in a form of real presence, not however
            in the sense of transubstantiation.
      {Real servitude}, called also {Predial servitude} (Civil
            Law), a burden imposed upon one estate in favor of another
            estate of another proprietor. --Erskine. --Bouvier.
      Syn: Actual; true; genuine; authentic.
      Usage: {Real}, {Actual}. Real represents a thing to be a
                  substantive existence; as, a real, not imaginary,
                  occurrence. Actual refers to it as acted or performed;
                  and, hence, when we wish to prove a thing real, we
                  often say, [bd]It actually exists,[b8] [bd]It has
                  actually been done.[b8] Thus its really is shown by
                  its actually. Actual, from this reference to being
                  acted, has recently received a new signification,
                  namely, present; as, the actual posture of affairs;
                  since what is now in action, or going on, has, of
                  course, a present existence. An actual fact; a real
                           For he that but conceives a crime in thought,
                           Contracts the danger of an actual fault.
                           Our simple ideas are all real; all agree to the
                           reality of things.                        --Locke.
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