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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Title \Ti"tle\ (t[imac]"t'l), n. [OF. title, F. titre, L.
     titulus an inscription, label, title, sign, token. Cf.
     Tilde, Titrate, Titular.]
     1. An inscription put over or upon anything as a name by
        which it is known.
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     2. The inscription in the beginning of a book, usually
        containing the subject of the work, the author's and
        publisher's names, the date, etc.
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     3. (Bookbindng) The panel for the name, between the bands of
        the back of a book.
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     4. A section or division of a subject, as of a law, a book,
        specif. (Roman & Canon Laws), a chapter or division of a
        law book.
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     5. An appellation of dignity, distinction, or preeminence
        (hereditary or acquired), given to persons, as duke
        marquis, honorable, esquire, etc.
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              With his former title greet Macbeth.  --Shak.
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     6. A name; an appellation; a designation.
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     7. (Law)
        (a) That which constitutes a just cause of exclusive
            possession; that which is the foundation of ownership
            of property, real or personal; a right; as, a good
            title to an estate, or an imperfect title.
        (b) The instrument which is evidence of a right.
        (c) (Canon Law) That by which a beneficiary holds a
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     8. (Anc. Church Records) A church to which a priest was
        ordained, and where he was to reside.
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     Title deeds (Law), the muniments or evidences of ownership;
        as, the title deeds to an estate.
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     Syn: Epithet; name; appellation; denomination. See epithet,
          and Name.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Title \Ti"tle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Titled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Titling.] [Cf. L. titulare, F. titrer. See Title, n.]
     To call by a title; to name; to entitle.
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           Hadrian, having quieted the island, took it for honor
           to be titled on his coin, "The Restorer of Britain."
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cloud \Cloud\ (kloud), n. [Prob. fr. AS. cl[=u]d a rock or
     hillock, the application arising from the frequent
     resemblance of clouds to rocks or hillocks in the sky or
     1. A collection of visible vapor, or watery particles,
        suspended in the upper atmosphere.
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              I do set my bow in the cloud.         --Gen. ix. 13.
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     Note: A classification of clouds according to their chief
           forms was first proposed by the meteorologist Howard,
           and this is still substantially employed. The following
           varieties and subvarieties are recognized:
        (a) Cirrus. This is the most elevated of all the forms
            of clouds; is thin, long-drawn, sometimes looking like
            carded wool or hair, sometimes like a brush or room,
            sometimes in curl-like or fleecelike patches. It is
            the cat's-tail of the sailor, and the mare's-tail of
            the landsman.
        (b) Cumulus. This form appears in large masses of a
            hemispherical form, or nearly so, above, but flat
            below, one often piled above another, forming great
            clouds, common in the summer, and presenting the
            appearance of gigantic mountains crowned with snow. It
            often affords rain and thunder gusts.
        (c) Stratus. This form appears in layers or bands
            extending horizontally.
        (d) Nimbus. This form is characterized by its uniform
            gray tint and ragged edges; it covers the sky in
            seasons of continued rain, as in easterly storms, and
            is the proper rain cloud. The name is sometimes used
            to denote a raining cumulus, or cumulostratus.
        (e) Cirro-cumulus. This form consists, like the cirrus,
            of thin, broken, fleecelice clouds, but the parts are
            more or less rounded and regulary grouped. It is
            popularly called mackerel sky.
        (f) Cirro-stratus. In this form the patches of cirrus
            coalesce in long strata, between cirrus and stratus.
        (g) Cumulo-stratus. A form between cumulus and stratus,
            often assuming at the horizon a black or bluish tint.
            -- Fog, cloud, motionless, or nearly so, lying near
            or in contact with the earth's surface. -- Storm
            scud, cloud lying quite low, without form, and driven
            rapidly with the wind.
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     2. A mass or volume of smoke, or flying dust, resembling
        vapor. "A thick cloud of incense." --Ezek. viii. 11.
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     3. A dark vein or spot on a lighter material, as in marble;
        hence, a blemish or defect; as, a cloud upon one's
        reputation; a cloud on a title.
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     4. That which has a dark, lowering, or threatening aspect;
        that which temporarily overshadows, obscures, or
        depresses; as, a cloud of sorrow; a cloud of war; a cloud
        upon the intellect.
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     5. A great crowd or multitude; a vast collection. "So great a
        cloud of witnesses." --Heb. xii. 1.
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     6. A large, loosely-knitted scarf, worn by women about the
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     Cloud on a (or the) title (Law), a defect of title,
        usually superficial and capable of removal by release,
        decision in equity, or legislation.
     To be under a cloud, to be under suspicion or in disgrace;
        to be in disfavor.
     In the clouds, in the realm of facy and imagination; beyond
        reason; visionary.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a heading that names a statute or legislative bill; may
           give a brief summary of the matters it deals with; "Title 8
           provided federal help for schools" [syn: title, statute
           title, rubric]
      2: the name of a work of art or literary composition etc.; "he
         looked for books with the word `jazz' in the title"; "he
         refused to give titles to his paintings"; "I can never
         remember movie titles"
      3: a general or descriptive heading for a section of a written
         work; "the novel had chapter titles"
      4: the status of being a champion; "he held the title for two
         years" [syn: championship, title]
      5: a legal document signed and sealed and delivered to effect a
         transfer of property and to show the legal right to possess
         it; "he signed the deed"; "he kept the title to his car in
         the glove compartment" [syn: deed, deed of conveyance,
      6: an identifying appellation signifying status or function:
         e.g. `Mr.' or `General'; "the professor didn't like his
         friends to use his formal title" [syn: title, title of
         respect, form of address]
      7: an established or recognized right; "a strong legal claim to
         the property"; "he had no documents confirming his title to
         his father's estate"; "he staked his claim" [syn: title,
      8: (usually plural) written material introduced into a movie or
         TV show to give credits or represent dialogue or explain an
         action; "the titles go by faster than I can read"
      9: an appellation signifying nobility; "`your majesty' is the
         appropriate title to use in addressing a king"
      10: an informal right to something; "his claim on her
          attentions"; "his title to fame" [syn: claim, title]
      v 1: give a title to [syn: entitle, title]
      2: designate by an identifying term; "They styled their nation
         `The Confederate States'" [syn: style, title]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  291 Moby Thesaurus words for "title":
     absolute interest, acknowledgments, adverse possession, alodium,
     appellation, appellative, appurtenance, argument, authority, back,
     back matter, banner, banner head, baptize, bastard title, benefit,
     best seller, bibliography, binomen, binomial name, birthright,
     blood, book, bound book, bracket, branch, burgage, byword, call,
     caption, caste, catch line, catchword, category, championship,
     christen, claim, clan, class, classic, cognomen, colony, colophon,
     coloring book, common, conjugal right, contents, contents page,
     contingent interest, copyright page, crown, cryptonym, de facto,
     de jure, dedication, define, definitive work, demand, denominate,
     denomination, dependency, derivative title, desert, designate,
     designation, divine right, division, droit, drop head, dropline,
     dub, due, easement, empty title, endleaf, endpaper, endsheet,
     entitle, entitlement, epigraph, epithet, eponym,
     equitable interest, equity, errata, estate, euonym, faculty,
     fee fief, fee position, fee simple, fee simple absolute,
     fee simple conditional, fee simple defeasible,
     fee simple determinable, fee tail, feodum, feud, fiefdom, flyleaf,
     folio, fore edge, foreword, frankalmoign, free socage, freehold,
     front matter, gavelkind, grade, great work, ground, group,
     grouping, half-title page, handle, hanger, hardback,
     having title to, head, head up, heading, headline, hold, holding,
     honorific, hyponym, identify, imprint, inalienable right, index,
     inscription, interest, introduction, jump head, justification,
     juvenile, juvenile book, kin, knight service, label, lay fee, leaf,
     lease, leasehold, legal claim, legal possession, legend, level,
     limitation, limp-cover book, magnum opus, makeup, mandate, moniker,
     motto, name, namesake, natural right, nickname, nomen, nomen nudum,
     nominate, nonbook, notebook, novel, occupancy, occupation, opus,
     opuscule, opusculum, order, original title, overline, ownership,
     owning, page, paperback, part, percentage, picture book,
     pigeonhole, playbook, pocket book, position, possessing,
     possession, power, prayer book, predicament, preface,
     preliminaries, preoccupancy, preoccupation, prepossession,
     prerogative, prescription, presumptive right, pretense, pretension,
     privilege, production, proof, proper claim, proper name,
     proper noun, property, property right, property rights,
     proprietary rights, psalmbook, psalter, publication, race, rank,
     rating, reason, recto, reverso, right, right of entry, rubric,
     running head, running title, scarehead, scientific name, screamer,
     secret name, section, seisin, sept, serial, set, settlement,
     signature, sketchbook, socage, soft-cover, songbook, specify,
     spread, spreadhead, squatting, stake, standard work, station,
     status, storybook, strain, stratum, streamer, strict settlement,
     style, subdivision, subgroup, subhead, subheading, sublease,
     suborder, subtitle, superscription, table of contents, tag, tail,
     tautonym, tenancy, tenantry, tenure, tenure in chivalry, term,
     text, title page, tome, trade book, trim size, trinomen,
     trinomial name, trust, type page, underlease, undertenancy, use,
     usucapion, verso, vested interest, vested right, villein socage,
     villeinhold, villenage, volume, work, writing

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  TITLE estates. A title is defined by Lord Coke to be the means whereby the 
  owner of lands hath the just possession of his property. Co. Lit. 345; 2 Bl. 
  Com. 195. Vide 1 Ohio Rep. 349. This is the definition of title to lands 
       2. There are several stages or degrees requisite to form a complete 
  title to lands and tenements. 1st. The lowest and most imperfect degree of 
  title is the mere possession, or actual occupation of the estate, without 
  any apparent right to hold or continue such possession; this happens when 
  one man disseises another. 2 Bl. Com. 195. 2dly. The next step to a good and 
  perfect title is the right of possession, which may reside in one man, while 
  the actual possession is not in himself, but in another. This right of 
  possession is of two sorts; an apparent right of possession, which may be 
  defeated by proving a better; and an actual right of possession, which will 
  stand the test against all opponents. Idem. 196. 3dly. The mere right of 
  property, the jus proprietatis without either possession or the right of 
  possession. Id. 197. 
       3. A title is either good, marketable, doubtful, or bad. 
       4. A good title is that which entitles a man by right to a property or 
  estate, and to the lawful possession of the same. 
       5. A marketable title is one which a court of equity considers to be so 
  clear that it will enforce its acceptance by a purchaser. The ordinary 
  acceptation of the term marketable title, would convey but a very imperfect 
  notion of its legal and technical import. 
       6. To common apprehension, unfettered by the technical and conventional 
  distinction of lawyers, all titles being either good or bad, the former 
  would be considered marketable, the latter non-marketable. But this is not 
  the way they are regarded in courts of equity, the distinction taken there 
  being not between a title which is absolutely good or absolutely bad, but 
  between a title, which the court considers to be so clear that it will 
  enforce its acceptance by a purchaser, and one which the court will not go 
  so far as to declare a bad title, but only that it is subject to so much 
  doubt that a purchaser ought not to be compelled to accept it. 1 Jac. & 
  Walk. R. 568. In short, whatever may be the private opinion of the court, as 
  to the goodness of the title yet if there be a reasonable doubt either as to 
  a matter of law or fact involved in it, a purchaser will not be compelled to 
  complete his purchase; and such a title, though it may be perfectly secure 
  and unimpeachable as a holding title is said, in the current language of the 
  day, to be unmarketable. Atkins on Tit.2. 
       7. The doctrine of marketable titles is purely equitable and of modern 
  origin. Id. 26. At law every title not bad is marketable. 6 Taunt. R. 263; 5 
  Taunt. R. 625; S. C. 1 Marsh., R. 258. See Dalzell v. Crawford, 2 Penn. Law 
  Journ. 17. 
       8. A doubtful title is one which the court does not consider to be so 
  clear that it will enforce its acceptance by a purchaser, nor so defective 
  as to declare it a bad title, but only subject to so much doubt that a 
  purchaser ought not to be compelled to accept it. 1 Jac. & Walk. R. 568; 9 
  Cowen, R. 344; vide Title, Marketable. 
       9. At common law, doubtful, titles are unknown; there every title must 
  be either good or bad. Atkins on Tit. 17. See Dalzell v. Crawford, 2 Penn. 
  Law Journ. 17. 
       10. A bad title is one which conveys no property to a purchaser of an 
       11. Title to real estate is acquired by two methods, namely, by descent 
  and by purchase. (See these words.) 
       12. Title to personal property may accrue in three different ways. By 
  original acquisition. 2. By transfer, by act of law. 3. By transfer, by, act 
  of the parties. 
       13.-Sec. 1. Title by original acquisition is acquired, 1st. By 
  occupancy. This mode of acquiring title has become almost extinct in 
  civilized governments, and it is permitted to exist only in those few 
  special cases, in which it may be consistent with the public good. First. 
  Goods taken by capture in war were, by the common law, adjudged to belong to 
  the captor, but now goods taken from enemies in time of war, vest primarily 
  in the sovereign, and they belong to the individual captors only to the 
  extent and under such regulations, as positive laws may prescribe. Finch's 
  Law, 28, 178 Bro. tit. Property, pl. 18, 38; 1 Wilson, 211; 2 Kent, Com. 
  290, 95. Secondly. Another instance of acquisition by occupancy, which still 
  exists under certain limitations, is that of goods casually lost by the 
  owner, and unreclaimed, or designedly abandoned by him; and in both these 
  cases they belong to the fortunate finder. 1 Bl. Com. 296. See Derilict. 
       14.-2d. Title by original acquisition is acquired by accession. See 
       15.-3d. It is acquired by intellectual labor. It consists of literary 
  property as the construction of maps and charts, the writing of books and 
  papers. The benefits arising from such labor are secured to the owner. 1. By 
  patent rights for inventions. See Patents. 2. By copyrights. See Copyrights. 
       16.-Sec. 2. The title to personal property is acquired and lost by 
  transfer, by act of law, in various ways. 1. By forfeiture. 2. By 
  succession. 3. By marriage. 4. By judgment. 5. By insolvency. 6. By 
       17.-Sec. 3. Title is also acquired and lost by transfer by the act of 
  the party. 1. By gift. 2. By contract or sale. 
       18. In general, possession constitutes the criterion of title of 
  personal property, because no other means exist by which a knowledge of the 
  fact to whom it belongs can be attained. A seller of a chattel is not, 
  therefore, required to show the origin of his title, nor, in general, is a 
  purchaser, without notice of the claim of the owner, compellable to make 
  restitution; but, it seems, that a purchaser from a tenant for life of 
  personal chattels, will not be secure against the claims of those entitled 
  in remainder. Cowp. 432; 1 Bro. C. C. 274; 2 T. R. 376; 3 Atk. 44; 3 V. & B. 
       19. To the rule that possession is the criterion of title of property 
  may be mentioned the case of ships, the title of which can be ascertained by 
  the register. 15 Ves. 60; 17 Ves. 251; 8 Price, R. 256, 277. 
       20. To convey a title the seller must himself have a title to the 
  property which is the subject of the transfer. But to this general rule 
  there are exceptions. 1. The lawful coin of the United States will pass the 
  property along with the possession. 2. A negotiable instrument endorsed in 
  blank is transferable by any person holding it, so as by its delivery to 
  give a good title "to any person honestly acquiring it." 3 B. & C. 47; 3 
  Burr. 1516; 5 T. R. 683; 7 Bing. 284; 7 Taunt. 265, 278; 13 East,  509; 
  Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  TITLE, persons. Titles are distinctions by which a person is known. 
       2. The constitution of the United States forbids the tyrant by the 
  United States, or any state of any title of nobility. (q.v.) Titles are 
  bestowed by courtesy on certain officers; the president of the United States 
  sometimes receives the title of excellency; judges and members of congress 
  that of honorable; and members of the bar and justices of the peace are 
  called esquires. Cooper's, Justinian, 416'; Brackenridge's Law Miscell. 
  Index, h.t. 
       3. Titles are assumed by foreign princes, and, among their subjects 
  they may exact these marks of honor, but in their intercourse with foreign 
  nations they are not entitled to them as a matter of right. Wheat. Intern. 
  Law, pt. 2, c. 3, Sec. 6. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  TITLE, literature. The particular division of a subject, as a law, a book, 
  and the like; for example, Digest, book 1, title 2; for the law relating to 
  bills of exchange, see Bacon's Abridgment, title Merchant. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  TITLE, rights. The name of a newspaper a book, and the like. 
       2. The owner of a newspaper, having particular title, has a right to 
  such title, an an injunction will lie to prevent its use un lawfully by 
  another. 8 Paige, 75. See Pardess. n. 170. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  TITLE, pleading, rights. The right of action which the plaintiff has; the 
  declaration must show the plaintiff's title, and if such title be not shown 
  in that instrument, the defect cannot be cured by any of the future 
  pleadings. Bac. Ab. Pleas, &c. B 1. 

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