Commission of array
Array Ar*ray", n. [OE. arai, arrai, OF. arrai, arrei, arroi, order, arrangement, dress, F. arroi; a (L. ad) + OF. rai, rei, roi, order, arrangement, fr. G. or Scand.; cf. Goth. raidjan, garaidjan, to arrange, MHG. gereiten, Icel. rei[eth]i rigging, harness; akin to E. ready. Cf. {Ready}, {Greith}, {Curry}.] 1. Order; a regular and imposing arrangement; disposition in regular lines; hence, order of battle; as, drawn up in battle array. [1913 Webster]

Wedged together in the closest array. --Gibbon. [1913 Webster]

2. The whole body of persons thus placed in order; an orderly collection; hence, a body of soldiers. [1913 Webster]

A gallant array of nobles and cavaliers. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

3. An imposing series of things. [1913 Webster]

Their long array of sapphire and of gold. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

4. Dress; garments disposed in order upon the person; rich or beautiful apparel. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

5. (Law) (a) A ranking or setting forth in order, by the proper officer, of a jury as impaneled in a cause. (b) The panel itself. (c) The whole body of jurors summoned to attend the court. [1913 Webster]

{To challenge the array} (Law), to except to the whole panel. --Cowell. --Tomlins. --Blount.

{Commission of array} (Eng. Hist.), a commission given by the prince to officers in every county, to muster and array the inhabitants, or see them in a condition for war. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]


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