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 for Jury
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Jury \Ju"ry\, a. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Naut.)
     For temporary use; -- applied to a temporary contrivance.
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     Jury rudder, a rudder constructed for temporary use.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Jury \Ju"ry\, n.; pl. Juries. [OF. jur['e]e an assize, fr.
     jurer to swear, L. jurare, jurari; akin to jus, juris, right,
     law. See Just,a., and cf. Jurat, Abjure.]
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     1. (Law) A body of people, selected according to law,
        impaneled and sworn to inquire into and try any matter of
        fact, and to render their true verdict according to the
        evidence legally adduced. In criminal trials the number of
        such persons is usually twelve, but in civil cases and in
        grand juries it may different. See Grand jury under
        Grand, and Inquest.
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              The jury, passing on the prisoner's life. --Shak.
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     2. A committee for determining relative merit or awarding
        prizes at an exhibition or competition; as, the art jury
        gave him the first prize.
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     Jury of inquest, a coroner's jury. See Inquest.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a body of citizens sworn to give a true verdict according
           to the evidence presented in a court of law
      2: a committee appointed to judge a competition [syn: jury,

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

  JURY. A body of men selected according to law, for the purpose of deciding 
  some controversy. 
       2. This mode of trial by jury was adopted soon after the conquest of 
  England, by William, and was fully established for the trial of civil suits 
  in the reign of Henry II. Crabb's C. L. 50, 61. In the old French law they 
  are called inquests or tourbes of ten men. 2 Loisel's Inst. 238, 246, 248. 
       3. Juries are either grand juries, (q.v.) or petit juries. The former 
  having been treated of elsewhere, it will only be necessary to consider the 
  latter. A petit jury consists of twelve citizens duly qualified to serve on 
  juries, impanelled and sworn to try one or more issues of facts submitted to 
  them, and to give a judgment respecting the same, which is called a verdict. 
       4. Each one of the citizens so impanelled and sworn is called a juror. 
  Vide Trial. 
       5. The constitution of the United States directs, that "the trial of 
  all crimes, except in cases of impeachment, shall be by jury;" and this 
  invaluable institution is also, secured by the several state constitutions. 
  The constitution of the United States also provides that in suits at common 
  law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right 
  of trial by jury shall be preserved. Amend. VII. 
       6. It is scarcely practicable to give the rules established in the 
  different states to secure impartial juries; it may, however, be stated that 
  in all, the selection of persons who are to serve on the jury is made by 
  disinterested officers, and that out of the lists thus made out, the jurors 
  are selected by lot. 

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