Privy seal
Seal Seal, n. [OE. seel, OF. seel, F. sceau, fr. L. sigillum a little figure or image, a seal, dim. of signum a mark, sign, figure, or image. See {Sign}, n., and cf. {Sigil}.] 1. An engraved or inscribed stamp, used for marking an impression in wax or other soft substance, to be attached to a document, or otherwise used by way of authentication or security. [1913 Webster]

2. Wax, wafer, or other tenacious substance, set to an instrument, and impressed or stamped with a seal; as, to give a deed under hand and seal. [1913 Webster]

Till thou canst rail the seal from off my bond Thou but offend'st thy lungs to speak so loud. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. That which seals or fastens; esp., the wax or wafer placed on a letter or other closed paper, etc., to fasten it. [1913 Webster]

4. That which confirms, ratifies, or makes stable; that which authenticates; that which secures; assurance. ``Under the seal of silence.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Like a red seal is the setting sun On the good and the evil men have done. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

5. An arrangement for preventing the entrance or return of gas or air into a pipe, by which the open end of the pipe dips beneath the surface of water or other liquid, or a deep bend or sag in the pipe is filled with the liquid; a draintrap. [1913 Webster]

{Great seal}. See under {Great}.

{Privy seal}. See under {Privy}, a.

{Seal lock}, a lock in which the keyhole is covered by a seal in such a way that the lock can not be opened without rupturing the seal.

{Seal manual}. See under {Manual}, a.

{Seal ring}, a ring having a seal engraved on it, or ornamented with a device resembling a seal; a signet ring. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • privy seal — n. in Great Britain, the seal placed on documents which are later to receive the great seal or which are not important enough to receive the great seal …   English World dictionary

  • Privy seal — A privy seal was in use during the reign of King John. From c. 1230 during Henry Ill s reign it became a permanent feature of royal administration, being used to authenticate letters less formal than those issued by the *chancery. It was usually… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • privy seal — noun Etymology: Middle English prive seal, from prive privy + seal more at seal 1. : a private seal: as a. : a British royal seal used before 1885 to authorize use of the great seal (as on letters patent or pardons) or on documents not requiring… …   Useful english dictionary

  • privy seal — A seal which is affixed to royal grants or letters patent which are to pass under the great seal. The sign manual is the warrant to the privy seal and the privy seal is the warrant to the great seal. See 2 Bl Comm 347 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • privy seal — In England, a seal used in making out grants or letters patent, preparatory to their passing under the great seal. A seal which the sovereign uses to such grants or things as pass the great seal. A seal of the British government which is affixed… …   Black's law dictionary

  • privy seal — (in Great Britain) the seal affixed to grants, documents, etc., that are to pass the great seal, and to documents of less importance that do not require the great seal. [1250 1300; ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • PRIVY SEAL —    the seal of the sovereign appended to grants that do not require to pass the great seal …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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