Note of hand

Note of hand
Note Note, n. [F. note, L. nota; akin to noscere, notum, to know. See {Know}.] 1. A mark or token by which a thing may be known; a visible sign; a character; a distinctive mark or feature; a characteristic quality. [1913 Webster]

Whosoever appertain to the visible body of the church, they have also the notes of external profession. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

She [the Anglican church] has the note of possession, the note of freedom from party titles,the note of life -- a tough life and a vigorous. --J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster]

What a note of youth, of imagination, of impulsive eagerness, there was through it all ! --Mrs. Humphry Ward. [1913 Webster]

2. A mark, or sign, made to call attention, to point out something to notice, or the like; a sign, or token, proving or giving evidence. [1913 Webster]

3. A brief remark; a marginal comment or explanation; hence, an annotation on a text or author; a comment; a critical, explanatory, or illustrative observation. [1913 Webster]

The best writers have been perplexed with notes, and obscured with illustrations. --Felton. [1913 Webster]

4. A brief writing intended to assist the memory; a memorandum; a minute. [1913 Webster]

5. pl. Hence, a writing intended to be used in speaking; memoranda to assist a speaker, being either a synopsis, or the full text of what is to be said; as, to preach from notes; also, a reporter's memoranda; the original report of a speech or of proceedings. [1913 Webster]

6. A short informal letter; a billet. [1913 Webster]

7. A diplomatic missive or written communication. [1913 Webster]

8. A written or printed paper acknowledging a debt, and promising payment; as, a promissory note; a note of hand; a negotiable note. [1913 Webster]

9. A list of items or of charges; an account. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Here is now the smith's note for shoeing. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

10. (Mus.) (a) A character, variously formed, to indicate the length of a tone, and variously placed upon the staff to indicate its pitch. Hence: (b) A musical sound; a tone; an utterance; a tune. (c) A key of the piano or organ. [1913 Webster]

The wakeful bird . . . tunes her nocturnal note. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

That note of revolt against the eighteenth century, which we detect in Goethe, was struck by Winckelmann. --W. Pater. [1913 Webster]

11. Observation; notice; heed. [1913 Webster]

Give orders to my servants that they take No note at all of our being absent hence. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

12. Notification; information; intelligence. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The king . . . shall have note of this. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

13. State of being under observation. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Small matters . . . continually in use and in note. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

14. Reputation; distinction; as, a poet of note. [1913 Webster]

There was scarce a family of note which had not poured out its blood on the field or the scaffold. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

15. Stigma; brand; reproach. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Note of hand}, a promissory note. [1913 Webster]

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  • Note of hand — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • note of hand — n. PROMISSORY NOTE * * * …   Universalium

  • note of hand — n. PROMISSORY NOTE …   English World dictionary

  • note of hand — noun a promise to pay a specified amount on demand or at a certain time I had to co sign his note at the bank • Syn: ↑note, ↑promissory note • Hypernyms: ↑debt instrument, ↑obligation, ↑certificate of indebtedness …   Useful english dictionary

  • note of hand — Promissory Prom is*so*ry, a. Containing a promise or binding declaration of something to be done or forborne. [1913 Webster] {Promissory note} (Law), a written promise to pay to some person named, and at a time specified therein, or on demand, or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • note of hand — Date: circa 1738 promissory note …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • note of hand. — See promissory note. [1760 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • note of hand — noun → promissory note …  

  • note of hand — A name given generally by the unlearned, in common, to all those evidences of debts which are verified under the hand of the debtor, and which the creditor keeps. It is not an apt legal term to describe a debt by judgment; nor is it ever used in… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • note of hand. — See promissory note. [1760 70] …   Useful english dictionary

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