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DAY Definition & Legal Meaning

Definition & Citations:

1. A period of time consisting of twenty-four hours and including the solar day and the night. Co. Litt. 135a; Fox v. Abel, 2 Conn. 541. 2. The space of time which elapses between two successive midnights. 2 Bl. Comm. 141; Henderson v. Reynolds, 84 Ga. 159, 10 S. E. 734. 7 L R. A. 327; State v. Brown, 22 Minn. 4S3; State v. Michel, 52 La. Ann. 930, 27 South. 505, 49 L. R. A. 218, 78 Am. St. Rep. 304 ; Benson v. Adams, 09 Ind. 353, 35 Am. Rep. 220; Zimmerman v. Cowan, 107 111. 031. 47 Am. Rep. 470; Pulling v. People, 8 Barb. (N. Y.) 380. 3. That portion of time during which the sun is above the horizon, and, in addition, that part of the morning and evening during which there is sufficient light for the features of a man to be reasonably discerned. 3 lust. 03; Nicholls v. State, 08 Wis. 416, 32 N. W. 543. 60 Am. Rep. 870; Trull v. Wilson, 9 Mass. 154; State v. McKnight, 111 N. C. 090, 1G S. E. 319.
4. An artificial period of time, computed from one fixed point to another twentyfour hours later, without any reference to the prevalence of light or darkness. Fuller v. Schroeder, 20 Neb. 631, 31 N. W. 109. 5. The period of time, within the limits of a natural day, set apart either by law or by common usage for the transaction of particular business or the performance of labor; as in banking, in laws regulating the hours of labor, in contracts for so many “days’ work,” and the like, the word “day” may signify six, eight, ten, or any number of hours. Hinton v. Locke, 5 Hill (N. Y.) 439; Fay v. Brown, 96 Wis. 434, 71 N. W. 895; Mc-
Culsky v. Klosterman, 20 Or. 108, 25 Pac. 366, 10 L. R. A. 785.6. In practice and pleading. A particular time assigned or given for the appearance
of parties in court, the return of writs, etc.


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